Prevent injury with welding gloves, aprons and welding glasses
Protection in the welding industry is a full body task.. Protecting from the toes all the way up to the head is as important in welding, as high quality. Welding clothing protects against molten metal splatter, sparks and burns.
If you are dealing with light duty jobs, welding aprons are easy to take on and off and still provide great protection from hot sparks. We carry a denim welding apron (S39836) and a leather apron with a front pocket (S38136MW). With any welding apron, protection on the arms must be addressed. This can be done by adding welding sleeves. Two kinds of popular welding sleeves are leather welding sleeves (SC38418MW) or our welding sleeves with limited flammability (S39418).
For full upper body protection, a welding leather jacket would be your best bet. Our welding leather jackets are made from genuine cowhide leather which will provide resistance to high heat as well as heavy duty protection (SC38030MW). Our flame resistant welding jacket is comes in a 9 oz. sateen finish, which is great for light duty TIG and MIG Welding (SC39030).
Eye protection cannot be forgotten when it comes to welding. Traditional masks can be heavy and burdensome on the welder. New safety glasses and eyewear are putting a filter in the lens which makes them able to withstand the high temperatures and impacts. We offer safety glasses with filters of 2.0, 3.0 and 5.0 (such as the STRP2150 and the STS21150). These glasses also come with a scratch resistant coating. Traditional Welding goggles (ST28550) offer a dual 5.0 filter lens and a comfortable and adjustable elastic strap.
Finally, your hands are the closest thing to the flames when welding. Wearing the right welding gloves can make all the difference in your safety. To extend the life of leather welding gloves, it is best to choose the best leather available. There are 5 different types of leather that Welding Gloves are made from:
Cow Leather – provides excellent abrasion resistance and durability and is great for MIG Welding.
Deer Leather – provides great comfort and sensitivity to touch due to how soft it is.
Elk Leather – one of the most durable and softest leathers on the market, best for stick welding with higher heat protection.
Goat Leather – one of the strongest and more durable leather to wear, great for MIG/TIG Welding applications.
Pig Leather – offers greatest durability due to the porous texture of the hide.
Open flames will burn the naturally occurring oils in leather, which causes the gloves to harden and char. There are major differences in welding gloves as well.
Mit/Tig gloves offer greater dexterity than heavy side leather gloves and will help to reduce hand fatigue. These gloves are made from thinner, softer leather. Some of these gloves include the following:
Premium welding gloves are made from select heavy side leather. These gloves are all sewn with 100% DuPont Kevlar thread, welted seam and a turn leather hem to protect stitching from sparks and heat.