When working in a high risk environment such as a weld shop, you have to make sure that you have the right protective clothing. One of the best protection welders can get is by wearing a welding jacket.
The best welding jackets usually are made to keep you safe from the various risks associated with welding – you would be exposed to high temperatures as well as all the spatter. In the welding and manufacturing community they are what are referred to as PPE: Personal Protective Equipment. Good welding jackets are usually manufactured using fire resistant materials, as well as insulated from thermal materials.
Key Features of Good Welding Jackets
- Fire Resistant
- Thermal Insulation
- Electrical Resistance
- Ease of Use
- Heat protection
Types of Welding Jackets
Welding jackets and coats are key to keeping you safe from welding. However it is important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of the different types of welding jackets.
Many different materials have the features desirable in the manufacture of welding coats, however some are better than others, and the quality of the materials directly impact the price and durability. A decent range would be made up of various combinations of materials.
The main materials used in Welding Jackets and Coats are:
- Chemically Treated Cotton
- Aramid and Raylon Mix
- Carbon Fiber
Picking the Best Welding Jacket For You
The main areas of the body that welding jackets are designed to protect are mostly upper body and arms. For full body protection, welding aprons are more important.
The key features that help you decide whether a welding jacket is best suited for you are:
- Has all the main safety features
- Can keep discomfort of the heat from building up too quickly.
- There is sufficient movement allowing you to weld naturally.
- Isn’t too heavy to work in