Arc welding, as any industrial occupation, presents many hazards. However, welding is a safe procedure, provided to that correct risk assessment is completed, observed and protective equipment used. Always use approved welding safety equipment.
Bright light / ultraviolet radiation
An arc is the most well-known symbol of welding, but behind the beauty of light and sparks also hides danger. Looking to the arc with unprotected eyes can damage your eyesight permanently and even a short exposure can cause the surface of the eye to burn, causing so called ‘Arc Eye’ or ‘Flash burn’. Ultraviolet and infrared radiation and visible elements, such as hot spatters, can damage the eyes and burn unprotected skin.
Eyes protection in welding
Welder’s eyes require an efficient and approved protection in the form of an approved welding helmet and welding lens filter. Kemppi ADF (Auto Darkening Filter) lenses and passive lenses (Approved Colored Glass welding lenses) for welding face shields carry 100 % protection against ultraviolet radiation.
Welding helmets or face shields are worn for longer periods of time. Their protection class, weight, and balance options vary considerably, and therefore it’s important to select the appropriate model and protection level to suit your application and personal circumstances. Welding helmets or face shields with auto darkening welding lens ease and speed up welder’s work throughout the welding process.
Lungs protection in welding
One option is a welding helmet or face shield equipped with face seal. They offer a proper clean breathing air ventilation system to protect the welder from daily exposure to hazardous toxic fumes and gases which are considered carcinogens, chemicals known to cause cancer. These ventilation systems are called Welder’s Respirators and PAPR systems. A complete respirator system consists of a filter unit, hose set and head-top. Welder’s respirator systems are officially graded by the protection levels they offer the wearer, i.e. the level to which they exclude the contaminated air found in the welding environment. This classification rating is not simply the filter efficiency of a filtering system. It is the total measured combined leakage rating of the respirator system, and it is called the Total Inward Leakage (TIL) performance rating. Kemppi provides a maximum inward leakage TIL protection level to 99.8% efficiency.