Eye injuries account for one-quarter of all welding mishaps, making them the most common injury for welders, according to Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Occupational Health & Safety web site, “Preventing Eye Injuries When Welding.” Other hazards include being struck by flying particles, radiation, photochemical burns from ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation (IR), and intense blue light; irritation from fumes, and chemical burns. Even non-welders, such as supervisors and visitors, are at risk for accidents and injuries in these settings – often more so than welders because non-welders are unaccustomed to welding hazards and don’t take the necessary safety precautions.
To provide protection from eye hazards in light welding applications, such as cutting and brazing, workers should wear safety eyewear with IR filter lenses. Gateway Safety has several options for light welding applications as well as those requiring traditional welding goggles. What’s more, the company’s light welding safety eyewear is more stylish and comfortable than previous alternatives. Products include the Cover2 IR, a contemporary style with an IR Filter Shade 5.0. Other spectacle options offering protection in Shades 3.0 and 5.0 include the StarLite IR and the traditional style Strobe IR. Wheelz IR also offers IR protection in a lightweight goggle. All products meet the ANSI Z87.1+ standard, indicating peace of mind that wearers are getting all-around hazard protection. (These products are not suitable for some welding applications that require a higher level of IR protection.)
Gateway Safety Inc.
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