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    Give normal work boots the boot!

    Welding is a profession that requires a high degree of skill, patience and, of course, specialised equipment. From welding machines to consumables, clothing to personal protective equipment – the demands and nature of welding make it a profession with some pretty unusual gear!

    Plenty of large welding projects around Australia insist that all workers wear lace up boots with zip sides for improved ankle support and quick removal. While this may be suitable for most workers, it doesn’t quite make sense for welders.

    Constant exposure to high temperatures, sparks and flames means that welder’s footwear needs to be fit for purpose. According to the Welding Processes Code of Practice released by Safe Work Australia, welders footwear should be ‘non-slip, heat and fire-resistant’ – with shoe laces given as an example of what not to wear. Laces introduce another hazard to the welder, as they create a focused capture point for sparks, spatter and potentially flames.

    Welders wear unique PPE like welding helmets, welding aprons and welding gloves…so why are they not wearing appropriate welding boots?

    Want to know more? Read the Welding Boot White Paper here

    Need a pair of boots BUILT specifically FOR WELDERS?

    Check out the Jalas Titan Welding Boots here

    Can I buy welding helmets on a payment plan?

    A question welders often ask is ‘do you have a welding helmet payment plan?’ The good news is that, yes, you can now purchase a Speedglas welding helmet and pay it off over time!

    Afterpay (suitable for orders up to $1,000):

    Once approved, Afterpay lets you pay off your new welding helmet in four equal, fortnightly interest-free repayments. You receive the helmet now and pay the amount off over time. The purchase amount is automatically debited each fortnight from your nominated account.

     

    If you have any questions about how either welding helmet payment option works, feel free to send us an email sales@eweld.com.au or call us on 02 9437 6162

    For more information on Afterpay click here

    5 Facts About Welding That You Probably Didn’t Know

    1. Over 50% of all man-made products rely on welding to create them! From cars, buildings, computers to mobile phones, the world really does rely on welding!

    Sydney skyline

     

    2. The current world record for underwater dry welding was set in 1990, at 1075 feet deep. The world record for an underwater wet weld however is almost double that, at a whopping 2000 feet!

    Underwater Welding

     

    3. Working within the Australian workplace exposure standards for general welding fume (5 mg/m3), a fulltime welder may inhale up to 11 grams of welding fume, a classified carcinogen, every year!

    Welding Fume Test Tube

    Read more about Welding Fume with the Welding Fume White Paper!

     

    4. The average welder spends 85% of their life welding. This includes time at work, preparing for it, looking for it, commuting to it and most importantly drinking beers to recover from it!

    Speedglas QR Flip-Up Helmet

     

    5. Roughly 950 man-hours are spent on welding and fabricating a NASCAR! Hundreds of parts are hand-cut, welded and machined!

    3M Racecar

    Already know all of the above? Tell us a fact we should include next time - just email us at sales@eweld.com.au. 

    Tips for Reducing Welding Fume Exposure

    Tips for Reducing Welding Fume Exposure

    A hot topic in welding recently has been the reclassification of Welding Fume as a known carcinogen, with links to cancer proven by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Did you know that inadequate respiratory protection is the 4th most frequently cited workplace violation in the United States?

    To help out, we thought we’d drop a few ideas on how you can minimise your exposure to welding fume – whether in the workshop, on site or in the man cave.

    1. Modify or substitute your welding process

    If possible, modifying or substituting your welding process or consumables for options which create less gases or fumes can help to reduce exposure to welding fumes and respirable gases. This could involve investigating consumable options for less toxic alternatives finding a welding process that produces less fume.

    The only limitation here is that substitution may not always be possible – for example when stainless steel is required for the end product (chromium).

    1. Engineering controls

    Modifying work spaces around the welder or increasing ventilation around the workshop can help reduce exposure. Local exhaust ventilation systems are useful in removing fume and gases from the breathing zone of the welder. Any air extraction system inlet should be located as close to the welding plume source as possible, which assists in removing the greatest amount of toxic gases and fume.

    A possible limitation of this control is that it can sometime be difficult to achieve due to conflicting needs such as heating/cooling or shielding gases.

    1. Work practices

    Positioning yourself safely in respect of the welding fume is another way to reduce contact with welding fume. Where possible, this may include welding downwind or making use of a natural draft coming through the workshop.

    This may not always be possible however, as space restrictions and workpieces may now allow alternative positioning of your head.

    1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    In addition to the first 3 steps, we recommend always having appropriate respiratory protection in place. Basic respiratory requirements for welding include P2 level protection and a Required Minimum Protection Factor (RMPF) relevant to the Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL) referenced in the relevant Safety Data Sheet, combined with an understanding of your work environment.

    Using P2 rated respirators protect against thermally generated particulates (which includes those given off when welding galvanised steel).

    Using a combination of the above techniques and controls will give you the best chance at maximising your welding safety and avoiding exposure to toxic welding fume and gases.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the expert team at Eweld!

    Here are some respiratory options to suit a wide range of applications: 

    Disposable Respirators

    Reusable Respirators

    Speedglas Welding Helmets with Powered Air

    Speedglas Welding Helmets with Supplied Air

    Finally a Boot Built Specifically for Welders!

    Finally a Boot Built Specifically for Welders!

    We are proud to announce we now stock the Jalas 1848K Titan Welding Boots – the boots specifically built for welders!

    In the past it has been difficult to find welding boots that were designed FOR the welder; the perfect blend of comfort and safety features. The Jalas boots have been designed for tough welding environments, with a high-heat resistant upper and outsole and excellent grip regardless of welding conditions.

    The aluminium toecap with toe reinforcement offers tough protection you can rely on, while a Velcro style quick-release side means no weld slag collection areas (such as shoelaces!).

    These boots have been compound tested up to 300°C to ensure they offer the highest level of protection and a water and oil-resistant outsole – making them the perfect welding boot for tough Aussie conditions.  

    The Ejendals brand from Sweden is synonymous with quality, with the Ejendals Jalas boots currently selling hundreds of thousands of pairs each year – making them the first choice welding boot in the Scandinavian metal fabrication industry.

    Find out more about the Jalas boots here:

    https://www.eweld.com.au/collections/jalas-welding-boots/products/jalas-welding-boot-1848k-titan