The Best Clothing and Safety Gear for Welding

Choosing the right welding clothing will save you from serious burns and UV exposure, and best of all, it’s not hard to find safe clothing for wherever you’re welding.

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Besides a helmet with at least four arc sensors, auto-darkening, and a variety of shade settings that will protect you from flashes while providing optimal visibility, you’ll need to begin your welding safety gear with simple clothing that won’t catch sparks and burn your skin. In addition, long sleeves are important for protecting your skin from spatter, slag, and dangerous UV rays that your gloves won't cover.

Clothing for Welding

The best materials for welding clothing include the following:

  • Denim
  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Wool

The worst materials for welding include:

  • Synthetic Materials

Synthetic materials are a problem because they will melt and cause severe burns on your skin. Cotton clothing will be damaged by sparks and slag, but cotton will just smolder and you can snuff it out quickly without harming yourself. If you want to protect your clothing, or you’re welding in a colder setting, consider some of the various safety options available.

Welding Jackets

Welding jackets are typically quite heavy and are made of leather. They offer a significant amount of protection, but they aren’t necessarily the best choice for welding in a warmer climate.

Welding Bibs

If you want to protect your neck, shoulders, and chest, you can pick up a welding bib that hangs down from your helmet or face shield. Welding bibs keep your arms from restrictions and help you stay cooler while you weld.

Welding Aprons

Welding aprons preserve freedom of movement for your arms while providing thorough protection of your body. They are typically made of leather, though you can also find light-weight cotton aprons that may be all you need for light jobs or TIG welding. Aprons are also cooler than a leather jacket.

Welding Gauntlets

If you’re wearing an apron or welding bib, you still need to protect your arms, especially if you’re stick welding. Gauntlets provide protection along your arms and can even be attached to your welding gloves. You can also pick up a longer pair of welding gloves that keep your forearms safe.

Welding Boots

Welding often involves moving heavy objects, and a sturdy steel-toed work boot can save you a lot of pain and aggravation should anything fall on your foot. Besides protecting you from falling objects, thick work boots will also protect your feet from sparks and heat during the welding process.

Basic Clothing Safety

Since arc welding involves an electrical arc that is operating at a high current, you need to make sure your clothing is dry and free from any flammable materials while you work. Wet clothing is a hazard you need to avoid while welding.

Other commonsense safety tips include keeping your shirt buttoned up and wearing clothing that fits rather than clothing that is baggy. Clothing safety isn’t hard to learn, but if ignored, the results can be quite painful and even knock you out of commission.

You can learn more about the latest in welding and work gear at Baker’s Gas and Welding online or at Baker’s Work Wear.

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5 thoughts on “The Best Clothing and Safety Gear for Welding”

  1. Mike Bugle says:

    First time visitor to your blog.
    Glad to see a well thought out post about safety clothing. I have noticed an increase in the number of people who are injuring themselves by wearing inadequate clothing.
    I believe it is caused by laziness. People who are just wanting to do touch up jobs and don’t believe that their safety can be comprised in a short space of time.
    Thanks for this insightful post,
    – Mike

  2. raymond @ white cotton gloves says:

    Hello there, after reading your blog, i may as well follow the safety clothing when doing my job, well not mentioning i work as a welder too, but as what Mike have said, laziness is one factor that may cause of not following safety precautions, Thanks for the info.

  3. Caitlin @ Home & Garden says:

    I believe safety clothing should always be used in any occupation. This is a good guide for welders. The boots I believe is the most important to avoid electrocution.

  4. Caitlin @ Home & Garden says:

    I believe safety clothing should always be used in any occupation. This is a good guide for welders. The boots I believe is the most important to avoid electrocution.

  5. robbin@adelaide.corporate says:

    While working, everyone should be careful and take care of their safety. So, it is highly suggested to wear safety workwear to not only construction worker but to all.

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