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Welding Eye and Face Protection

During welding the eyes and face can be exposed to a number of hazards. Regular grade PPE does not provide the protection required. It is important to utilise specialised welding PPE to ensure the safety of your team. Welding helmets are designed to protect the face from the light emitted by welding arc, heat and any potential projectiles. There are two main types of welding helmets, passive, and auto-darkening. Read more on Types of Eye & Face Protection Read more on FR and Arc Flash Clothing Passive Welding Helmets Passive, or traditional helmets, have a fixed shade lens. When welding material is being positioned the helmet is worn above the head. Once the operator is ready to weld the he

Eye Emergency First Aid

Eye injuries are serious. They require immediate first aid and medical attention. It is important to note that every eye injury is different and therefore requires different treatment. The below first aid recommendations are for common eye injuries. Where possible, a trained first aid officer should conduct first aid onsite until medical assistance is obtained. For more about first aid courses and site requirements contact your local ATOM Safety representative. Read more on First Aid in the Workplace Chemicals in the Eye Remove any contact lenses. Immediately use a saline solution, DIPHOTERINE® solution or water to flush the eye. If using water, flush for at least 15 minutes. If available, u

Welding Fume Safety – What You Need to Know

What is Welding Fume? Welding fume contains a mixture of hot metal and gases that are created when metal is heated above its boiling point. These microscopic particles rise through the air and can be inhaled by the welder or other workers nearby. The oxides contained in fume vary depending on the type of material being welded, plus any coatings or residues on the metal. The type of welding process, welding rod composition, coatings, ventilation and work place practices also affect the levels of welding fumes. Under Australian exposure standards, the average Australian welder not equipped with respiratory protection may inhale 11 grams of welding fume each year. This is 4 times the level of

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