Three New PPE to Help You Stay Safe on the Job

Welders depend on a multitude of tools to achieve their jobs, but the most important of these tools is personal protective equipment (PPE). Ranging from respirators to flame-resistant clothing, these new PPE can safeguard welders against the hazards ...

AWS Publications | October 27, 2021 | Processes
Welding Digest ►  Three New PPE to Help You Stay Safe on the Job

Welders depend on a multitude of tools to achieve their jobs, but the most important of these tools is personal protective equipment (PPE). Ranging from respirators to flame-resistant clothing, these new PPE can safeguard welders against the hazards present in the workplace.

 

Flame-Resistant Coveralls Enhance Visibility

Made by UniFirst Corp. (unifirst.com), the Armorex FR® coveralls (lead photo) deliver protection in both flame-risk and low-light work environments. The flame-resistant coveralls protect against flash fire and arc flash with an arc thermal performance value of 8.7. They also provide 360-deg of visibility with their 2-in. silver retroflective 3M taping around the sleeves and legs, which increase worker visibility on low- and no-light worksites. Additionally, the coveralls employ features for comfort and convenience, including a patented UltraSoft® fabric that offers improved wear life and protective performance; a deep “action back” that helps increase range of motion; and pass-throughs on each side, which enable easy access to inner clothing.

Lead photo — The Armorex FR coveralls by UniFirst Corp.

 

Work Boot Withstands High Heat

Offered by Iron Age Footwear (ironagefootwear.com), the Forgefighter 10-in. work boot (Fig. 1) resists heat with a design that has been dip-tested in 1273°F molten aluminum at smelters. Meeting the requirements of ASTM F2413, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear, the boot protects wearers against molten metal, oily and slick surfaces, metal chips and shards, and falling/rolling objects. To safeguard wearers, it is equipped with a composite toe, Kevlar® stitching, burn-off laces, a Vibram™ Alpha TC4 heat-resistant outsole, a Poron® XRD® internal met guard for impact protection, and a Dri-Lex® zig-zag moisture-wicking lining. The boot also enhances comfort and fit with its form-fitting, full-grain leather and memory foam footbed, which forms to the shape of the foot and helps relieve back and joint pain.

Fig.3-Oct-27-2021-01-22-30-35-PMFig. 1 — The Forgefighter work boot by Iron Age Footwear.

 

Line of Gloves Designed for Welders

Produced by Mechanix Wear LLC (mechanix.com), the Torch™ welding glove series (Fig. 2) features four welding gloves that elevate protection in the field. Designed for welders by welders, the gloves showcase a patent-pending fingertip design and Durahide™ leather technology that enhance durability, protection, and performance. The pulse gas tungsten arc welding glove features a goat leather construction and glide-resistant side seam reinforcement for welders in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, and construction industries. The Cascade gas metal arc welding glove exhibits a cow leather construction and glide-resistant side seam reinforcement for welders in the automotive, manufacturing, and construction industries. The Flux Extended Gauntlet leather driver glove possesses a cow leather construction, flame-resistant cotton liner, and torch palm reinforcement for structural and mechanical, shipbuilding, heavy-equipment, and pipe welding applications. Lastly, the Regulator HD gas metal arc and shielded metal arc welding glove boasts a Kevlar® lining for ANSI A4 cut-level protection, a board leather construction, and a glide-resistant side seam reinforcement for structural and pipe welding.

Fig.4-3Fig. 2 — The Torch welding glove by Mechanix Wear.

 

This article was written by Katie Pacheco (associate editor of the Welding Journal) for the American Welding Society.