DIY welders frequently suffer from neck pain and eyestrain due to wearing helmets that don't offer them sufficient comfort and protection as they do their work. This article discusses some of the features that have been added to newer models of welding helmets. Use this information to help you to select the best helmet when you go shopping for new welding persona protection equipment, or PPE.
Magnetic Arc Sensors
Older models of welding helmets relied on photo (light) sensors to darken in order to protect the eyesight of a welder from the bright flashes of welding arcs. However, such helmets would not react as quickly as was necessary. Consequently, welders would suffer from eyestrain because they kept struggling to adjust to the increased brightness around the work area. Newer models of welding helmets now have magnetic sensors that detect the magnetic field created by the welding arc. This sensor causes the helmet to darken quickly so that the welder's eyes are not exposed to the bright light of the welding arc. Consequently, you will be less likely to suffer from eyestrain if you wear one of these helmets.
Reduced Helmet Weight
Manufacturers of welding helmets have tried to address another issue that was affecting the comfort of welders who wore the older versions of welding helmets. The weight of those helmets caused many welders to feel neck pain after wearing the helmet for several hours each day. Newer models of welding helmets are now much lighter. They also have extra padding to increase the comfort of the welder. In this way, you will be less likely to feel that your neck is strained when you wear the helmet for long.
Integrated Grinding Shields
Many welders used to find it cumbersome to remove the old welding helmet in order to put on a grinding shield as they performed different tasks in the fabrication shop. Today, it may no longer be necessary to have a grinding shield that is separate from the welding helmet. Manufacturers have designed welding helmets that have an integrated grinding shield so that you avoid the inconvenience of pausing in order to switch protective gear. This innovation has reduced the amount of downtime needed by welders who have to grind segments of the materials that they are working upon. This time reduction can allow you to complete jobs quickly before fatigue sets in.
As you can see, you should never resign yourself to the disadvantages associated with your current welding PPE. Always talk to welding professionals so that you can be advised about where you can find the latest PPE that addresses the complaints people have regarding previous PPE versions.