What Are The Dangers Of Working Without One?

New research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer has proved that exposure to welding fumes is carcinogenic in humans. This includes all types of welding fumes, including mild steel. This then prompted the Health & Safety Executive to issue new regulations around working with welding fumes that businesses must follow. One of these new rules is that RPE equipment (such as welding helmets) must be worn, so full protection is given to those welding any materials. The most common dangers of being exposed to welding fumes are certain types of cancer and even other conditions like Parkinson's Disease.

What Is The Best Type Of Welding Helmet To Buy?

Naturally, you need welding fume helmets that are comfortable to wear, give superb protection and are great value for money. One of the most popular around now is the Parweld XR940A PARP Helmet. A lightweight helmet, it offers superb visibility when welding. In terms of fume protection, it is a great choice. A P3 particulate main filter keeps you safe from welding fumes and an innovative alarm design tells you when the filter is blocked.

Welding Helmets FAQs

If you need a little more information about welding helmets, the below FAQs should help:Do

I need to wear a welding helmet?– Yes. New HSE rules make this mandatory and wearing one will prevent you from developing potentially harmful conditions such as cancer.

What is an auto-darkening helmet? - there are many types of helmet you could buy. An auto-darkening one is designed to automatically adjust the lens brightness as you work for better visibility.

What is the best lens size to use? - for standard welding jobs, dimensions of around 3.5 by 1.75 inches are perfectly fine. For specific under car welding though, you may want to go larger at around 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches. This will give you a wider view and make any welding jobs that much easier.

How often should you replace your battery? - this depends on the model you buy, what sort of welding jobs you undertake and how often you use it. As such, it is best to refer to the manufacturers' guidelines to be sure.

Welding Helmets Are A Key Piece Of Safety Gear

As you can see, it is crucial to use a helmet when welding to stay safe from harmful fumes. This is not only sensible but now stipulated by law under new HSE guidelines. Wearing welding helmets will not only keep you and your workers safe now but also well into the future.

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