Welding Goggles

Use in combination with welding helmets and masks

Welding GogglesWelding goggles are the first line of defense in the arsenal of safety equipment worn during welding processes.

Without welding goggles, the eyes are not protected from the impact hazards of flying molten particles, dust and splashes - even when the worker is wearing a welding helmet or welding mask.

In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that "welding helmets or face shields should be used only over primary eye protection (spectacles or goggles)."

Impact hazards aren't the only risk in welding; heat and radiation also pose a threat to workers.

Depending on the type of welding work involved, welding goggles are sometimes adequate protection, but for most welding tasks, welding goggles are used in combination with welding helmets and masks.

Every welder knows that an arc-welding torch generates high intensity radiant light that, if viewed by the naked eye, can result in temporary or even permanent blindness.

What you may not know is which kind of lens shade is the correct one for your welding goggles - and that depends on the type of welding application.

Shaded lenses allow welding goggles to protect the eyes from ultraviolet, infrared and bright light conditions.

Three types of welding goggles

  • Eyecup Type with Tinted Lenses (OSHA eye protection # 7): Features rigid plastic vinyl cups that closely surround the eyes. Uses of this type of welding goggles include acetylene burning, cutting and welding; furnace operations and molten metals.
  • Coverspec Type with Tinted Lenses (OSHA eye protection #8): Contour-style goggles with two-piece lenses that fit prescription glasses underneath. Uses of this type of welding goggles include acetylene burning, cutting and welding; furnace operations and molten metals.
  • Coverspec Type with Tinted Plate Lens (OSHA eye protection #9): Hard-shell goggles with room for prescription glasses underneath. Uses of this type of welding goggles include acetylene burning, cutting and welding operations and electric arc welding.

Optional features in welding goggles include

  • fixed or lift-front lenses
  • large sizes to accommodate prescription glasses underneath
  • multiple hooded vents for cooling comfort.
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