Welding is one of the most resourceful activities in the world. Defined as a fabrication process that is used to join materials, welding often requires the melting of a material before joining it to another through the use of heat. The welding industry employs a large number of workers and, because it is a dangerous job, it requires specialized training and certification.

In addition to pre-employment training, welding also requires specific safety measures that must be followed by every worker. The proper knowledge combined with today’s technology can reduce the likelihood of injuries related to welding. However, the risks associated with any job can never be completely eliminated. Because welding commonly involves exposure to extreme heat, there is a significant risk of burns. In an effort to prevent this risk, welding professionals must wear protective clothing, including leather gloves and special long sleeve jackets. The additional coverage will help to prevent the likelihood of flames coming into contact with the skin and thereby helps to prevent burns.

Actual contact is not the only risk associated to welding. In fact, the brightness of the welding process is often damaging to the worker’s eye. A condition may develop as a result of the cornea becoming inflamed and/or the retina becoming burned after exposure to ultraviolet light. In order to prevent this occurrence, welding professionals are required to wear a helmet and goggles with a darkened face plate. A number of companies also manufacture helmets with the face plate built-in.

Welding professionals are also often exposed to harmful gases and/or smoke. In an effort to reduce the worker’s exposure to these potentially dangerous pollutants, proper ventilation must be provided. Employers who offer welding positions are responsible for the care and safety of their workers and, as such, are required to uphold certain safety standards in maintaining a proper work environment.

In order to find work as a welding professional, interested candidates are usually required to attend classes for certification. The length of time spent in this type of learning environment will vary depending on the position and required expertise of the welder. In order to enroll in welding certification classes, candidates will likely be required to pay a small fee before signing up. The certification process is not lengthy and classes typically last for several months. After successful completion, the graduate is awarded with a welding certification. At that time, he/she may apply for jobs in the industry that is related to their field of study.

Welding safety forms the backbone of any project involving an arc. Because of the intensity of light the arc emits, and the extreme temperature it produces, it stands to reason that protecting yourself remains the first rule of the day regardless of the nature of the job or the years of experience you have in the field. Futhermore, welding safety involves more than just protection from heat and light. A number of other safety hazards face welders, and require additional gear to fully meet OSHA—and common sense—safety requirements. Red Hill Supply offers a comprehensive selection of welding safety equipment from top manufacturers of welding helmets, welding gloves, and welding goggles.

Welding helmets provide the most important element of protection by shielding the welder’s head and eyes from the bright light of the arc. We carry a number of standard and auto-darkening welder’s safety helmets in our online inventory. We offer fix-front welding safety helmets in a number of color options and designs. We also carry the more traditional lift/fixed front combo helmets by mainstay manufacturers like Firepower and Eclipse. If you have a personal preference for new technology, or if your company requires the latest and greatest in welding safety, then we can accommodate your requirements with top-quality auto darkening welding helmets. Equipped with technology that automatically dims the eye shield as soon as the arc lights, these intuitive devices have already supplanted traditional welding helmets in many organizations. We currently offer the solar-powered models, as these are not only safer for the welder but also run on a renewable energy source.

No matter how safe your welding helmet is reputed to be, it remains wise to double-guard the eyes with safety glasses while welding. Even with the arc off, you can still be injured by a variety of equipment hazards on the job. Industrial welding often generates flying particles, chemicals, and vapors that can irritate or severely injure the eyes. No welding environment is ever safe in this sense without countermeasures taken in advance. Home and agricultural environments pose similar hazards to welders without safety glasses. Red Hill Supply not only recommends you double-guard your eyes, but also supplies some of the best welders goggles and safety glasses you can find anywhere online. Our safety glasses by UVEX offer protection from industrial, laboratory, and chemical hazards encountered daily by welders. Highly scratch resistant, their ability to shield from laser light also makes them a valuable component to any welder’s safety kit.

Welders also need to safely protect their hands, and welding gloves are normally mandatory safety equipment for welders in factories and construction crews. Never remove your gloves while handling welding equipment or while standing in an area where other welders are working. Even with the arc off, hot metal can still burn your hands, and flying particles can burn the hands just like they can burn the eyes. While normal safety gloves might make do for a welder in a pinch, we do not recommend you use standard gloves as a mainstay welding safety device. Instead, we recommend welders invest in gloves specifically designed for their trade.