Protecting Your Eyes as You Weld

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Protecting Your Eyes as You Weld

Eye injuries are common. In fact, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety estimates that one-quarter of welding injuries are eye-related. We’ve listed a few simple precautions you can take to keep your eyes safe.

Wear a helmet. You can deflect a lot of flying debris with a simple welder’s helmet. Multiple types of helmet are available, so consult with your employer about the best option that provides proper UV and heat protection.

Make sure your safety goggles have side shields. You want goggles with a shade rating of 3 to 8 for gas welding. If you are arc welding, make sure you wear safety glasses beneath your shields.

Cover reflective surfaces in the welding area. Even if you’re not standing about the actual welding, the light can reflect and damage your eyes from afar.

Clear the workplace of obstacles. Because of welding helmets and other headgear, a welder might not see something he might trip over. That’s dangerous for everybody.

Implement a worker education program. The more you and other welders know about the risks, the safer your work environment will be.

At National Metal Fabricators, we excel at welding, metal fabrication projects and crafting rolled metal rings. To hear more about workplace safety from our skilled experts, or to find out more about the services we offer, contact us today.