Learn more about the respiratory and eye hazards you may be exposed to in your welding operations.
Understanding what OSHA identifies as the permissible exposure level for the metal you are welding, will help you to identify the respirator you need. We created a series of technical bulletins for common metals used in welding applications to help you get started.
Eye injuries account for one quarter of all welding injuries, making them by far the most common injury for welders, according to research from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.
Read our technical bulletin (PDF, 841.29 KB) outlining OSHA and ANSI standards for eye protection in welding applications
Navigating the requirements of all the PPE you use when welding can be daunting. Finding an integrated solution providing respiratory and eye protection with the ability to fit with your hearing protection, might be the right approach for you.
Learn why an integrated solution could help you meet OSHA welding PPE requirements. (US, English)
Not only do we develop and manufacture welding and grinding safety PPE, but we also offer trainings, resources, and access to our health and safety specialists. All here to help you achieve your safety needs.
Standardising PPE across your workforce can help with satisfying certification considerations, selection and use regulations, as well as worksite program requirements. You may find cost savings by ordering from one source.
Trust our PPE quality that's known for durability and reliability—made possible by our stringent development processes. Our global manufacturing footprint allows us to test, supply, and source at a local level to help comply with specific area requirements and preferences.
Our global team is knowledgeable about local PPE standards to help you make important decisions when it comes to complying with regulations and ordinances—with an eye towards helping you fulfill your personal worksite requirements, timelines, and program goals.
Our trained specialists also stay up to date on industry best practices and trends to offer additional beneficial recommendations.
Our welding helmets are developed with extensive input from welders working at high amperages who need to grind frequently or produce high-performance welds. The welding helmets we manufacture help protect eyes from welding sparks and may include an auto darkening filter with true color technology.
Our cooling respirator system helps provide full face respiratory protection as required by OSHA and helps protect against toxic welding fumes.
Learn from welders at three different companies who used 3M Adflo PAPR with welding helmet to help improve their productivity, safety and reduce injuries
Read about why Greenbrier, a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad and marine industries, switched to an integrated 3M respiratory solution. They realised many safety and comfort benefits and chose this type of PPE because of the level of service 3M provided.
Ensuring the well-being of over 1,500 workers is a task FreightCar America takes seriously. So, when Environmental Health & Safety Director, Russ Lazzell, discovered that eye injuries were slightly higher than normal, he worked with the senior team to create a better health and safety culture for his workforce.
This study demonstrated a statistically significant increase in welder productivity (as measured by weld wire applied), as well as positive welder assessments of comfort and improved weld quality. This study also yielded an opportunity to reduce the potential for eye injuries, when comparing the 3M Adflo PAPR system versus using traditional, separate welding PPE components together.
When looking for the best true colour, high-coverage welding helmet, choose PPE that helps protect against radiation, sparks and spatter that also offers expanded coverage options.
Compatible with a variety of NIOSH-approved 3M cartridges and filters. Features quick latch mechanism making it easy to drop down respirator from face without removing head straps.
Featuring pressure diffusion temple technology to help you achieve a more personalised fit. Lenses meet the impact-rated protector requirement of ANSI-ISEA Z87.1-2020 standard. Available in a variety of lens colours and coatings.
First earplug of its kind, it features a soft foam tip and a flexible foam-covered fitting stem that allows easy insertion into the ear canal using one or two hands.
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From head to toe, we have the PPE to keep you protected all over. This infographic will outline the variety of PPE available to support you and your welding and grinding needs.
This webinar will provide information on common hazards and potential health effects associated with welding and grinding activities. Primary focus will be:
- inhalation of welding fume,
- noise exposure, and
- eye exposures to airborne particles and arc radiation.