Heat is always a concern when welding, even when you’re working indoors. You might shrug off heat as a necessary part of getting the job done, but overheated workers may become at best less productive than usual and, at worst, very ill.
Due to the nature of the work and the need to wear heavy, non-breathable, protective gear, welders can be at risk for heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, heat rash, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion. Air conditioning, ventilation, plenty or water, shaded work areas, and working outdoors during cooler hours can all help reduce the impact of heat on welders, but so can welding supplies. Brampton welders should take a look at the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is available to them to help reduce heat impact even further.
Welding PPE That Can Help Reduce Heat Illness
PPE welding supplies that can help reduce the impact of heat include:
- Vented Equipment. Airflow is critical to keeping welding areas cool; it stands to reason that welders need airflow through their PPE too. Hot air, trapped under a helmet or other PPE can make things feel hotter than they really are. Vented helmets can provide directional airflow that moves super-heated air out and away from the skin, helping you cool down naturally through evaporation, and by bringing in cooler ambient air. In some cases, the vents help reduce fogging up of visors as well. You can find vented helmets, gloves, or even belts that will keep your skin cooler and more comfortable.
- Lightweight Gear. Weight adds heat. If heat is a concern for you, take a look at lightweight aprons and sleeves instead of jackets. You’re still protected where you need it – near the weld – but your back is uncovered, providing you some relief from excess heat. Some gear is even made of reflective material like titanium, which deflects radiant heat. When used in combination with other PPE, the heat reduction can be significant.
Shop For Welding Supplies in Brampton at Josef Gas
If the heat is affecting your productivity or health, visit Josef Gas to learn more about what kind of equipment and welding supplies can help you keep cooler on the job. We carry equipment from all of the leading manufacturers like Lincoln, Miller, and 3M.
Call us at 416.658.1212 to discuss your needs to visit our showroom to test products out in person.