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Practical TIG Welding: Eye Protection

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Eye Protection


00:00 - While the welding mask is important in the welding process, it's not the only form of eye protection we need on hand.
00:06 While this course focuses on TIG welding, you're almost certainly going to be involved in other aspects of fabrication and you'll be dealing with a lot of different processes in and around the welding.
00:17 It goes without saying that our eyes are extremely important to us so protecting them should always be our first priority.
00:23 There are a number of ways in which we can protect our eyes from debris.
00:27 This comes down to the operation you're performing and what level of protection you need to lower the risks.
00:33 In a typical fabrication environment we'd usually see 3 methods of eye protection, the first is safety glasses which come in many different styles and the selection is entirely up to your personal preference.
00:46 What's important is that they fit well and protect our eyes.
00:49 In particular, you want a pair that provides a close fit around your cheeks to minimise the chance of material entering between your face and the glasses.
00:58 This might sound like an unlikely situation but that's exactly how I ended up in the emergency room many years back.
01:06 You'd typically use these glasses when working on removing material at a slow rate to protect yourself in the event that something was to be deflected into your eye.
01:14 The second option and one that eliminates any chance of material entering the eyes is full coverage goggles that offer a tight fitment to your face.
01:23 These goggles offer the eye complete protection from dust and sparks and can be useful in processes such as cutting, grinding or working overhead.
01:32 While the protection they offer is much better than a simple pair of safety glasses, they can be less comfortable over long periods of use and can restrict your peripheral vision.
01:43 The third option and one that can be used in conjunction with either goggles or glasses is the full face mask.
01:50 This is particularly handy when cutting or grinding where we may end up with sparks or debris being sprayed a significant distance.
01:58 Not only will the face mask offer further protection for your eyes, it'll also protect the rest of your face and neck from grinding debris and sparks.
02:07 It's normal for a fabricator to have multiple types of eye protection stored in various locations around the workshop.
02:13 As we move between fabrication processes regularly, it makes sense to minimise the time spent looking for these items and reduce the urge to go without.

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