The Reason Why You Need to Wear a Welding Helmet

Wherever you are—whether or not you’re in Japan traveling to and fro its towns or discovering its city outskirts—you’ll always need helmet if you’re riding a bike or a motorcycle. A helmet will make your head secure and will make sure it doesn’t get damaged in case something unpleasant happens.

This type of helmet is similar to the headgear we’ll be talking about in this article—the welding helmet. This helmet is tailored for welders to keep their face and neck protected.

Here’s the main reason why you need to wear one:

It can keep your face and neck protected from the flash burn, sparks, ultraviolet (UV) light, and heat caused by welding operations.

A welding helm is usually worn when the welder needs to perform arc welding applications such as shielded arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and gas metal arc welding. To prevent a nasty condition called the arc eye where the cornea is inflamed, welding helmets must be worn.

Helms also make sure your retina doesn’t get burned because it can cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Both the arc eye and blindness are results of getting exposed to highly concentrated infrared (IR) and UV rays that come from the welding arc.

You should also know that discharged UV can harm the skin as well if you’re not wearing appropriate clothes. This will cause your skin to look like it was sunburned, and you’ll notice this in a short period of welding. Radiation isn’t the only thing you have to be worried too since gasses and splashes can also harm the eyes and the skin.

So obviously, you shouldn’t ignore the significance of wearing a welding helmet. Now would also be the right time to check out the top 5 helms for welding safety in 2017.


The helmets we use today were launched in 1937 by Willson Products. These welding helms feature a covered lens shade and a window. The shade has a filter that allows welders to see what he or she is doing. Windows, on the other hand, can be made of tinted glass, tinted plastic, or a variable-density filter that uses a couple of polarized lenses.

Auto-darkening helms are even available today thanks to the innovative design of Hornell International. They come with an auto-darkening filter. These helms have an LCD electronic shutter that darkens on its own once the sensors have detected the brightness of the welding arc.

With an auto-darkening filter, welders no longer need to nod their heads to lower their helmet over their face. It eliminates the need for adjustments and saves a significant deal of time. These lenses can even be adjusted depending on the material that the welder is working on. They also reduce the chances of exposure.