Welding Clothes to Keep You Safe

Welding Clothing Different Types of Protective Gear for Welders

It is important to be safe when welding. As such it is important to learn about the different type of welding safety apparel and clothing beyond just welding helmets. Below we cover a range of common welding safety clothes, from welding aprons to welding jackets

Welding Caps

welding capThese odd looking caps arent there to take the place of welding hoods and helmets, however are decent protection for the neck and head if welding using only goggles. Most welders, especially those just starting out, would have at least one of these.

  • Body Area Protected: top of the head and part of the back of the neck.
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else. Not for heavy welding use as offer very limited protection.

Welding Bibs

welding bibThey sound as exactly what they are. They are pretty much a smaller version of welding aprons, but are much smaller. They are usually tied like ordinary bibs, with straps that go behind the neck to secure the bib.

  • Body Area Protected: Lower Neck, Upper Chest
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else. They offer very little protection in general.

Welding Aprons

welding apronMost welding aprons come in a range of lengths rather than general fitting sizes. Good Welding aprons would have neckstraps that can be adjusted to fit.

  • Body Area Protected: Chest down to knee.
  • Exposed Body Areas: Shoulders, arms and below the knee, above thee chest.

Welding Sleeves

Welding sleevesSome welders like to have more flexibility than others and to allow freedom of movement they would much rather have parts of welding clothing. One of these parts is to protect a welders arms, covering wrist to upper arm. Although they do provide some protection, they are recommended mostly for less demanding welding. Some will cover part of the hand, secured by fitting the thumb through an opening, while others will end at the wrist.

  • Body Area Protected: wrist, elbow up to upper arms
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else.

Welding Gloves and Gauntlets

welding GlovesMost people know what welding gloves are for – to protect the hands of the welder. However Welding gloves and welding gauntlets only offer protection up to the mid wrist area. They are sometimes referred to as welding gauntlet gloves as some gloves have a wide opening made such so as to fit over other welding clothing such as welding sleeves and coveralls.

  • Body Area Protected: Hands, up to mid wrist
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else.

Welding Jackets

Welding JacketWelding jackets are designed to cover the body from neck to the waist including affording protection for the arms and shoulders. Some welding jackets include raised neck covers that also protect the back (above the nape) of the neck. they come in a range of materials, from leather to synthetic flame resistant materials.

Some welding jackets come as half-jackets, which offer less protection, and are usually only protect the front of the body. Are usually sized like normal jackets, by neck size.  Read the Best Welding Jackets Guide

  • Body Area Protected: Lower neck to waist if a full welding jacket.
  • Exposed Body Areas: Lower Neck upwards and waist downwards.

Welding Chaps

Welding ChapsAlso often called welding “leg apron” these are coverings specifically from your waist down to your ankles. Welding chaps are usually made of leather and are worn on top of your clothes. Some welding chaps dont have crotches, while others would. They come in a range of fitting variations, from side split, to back split, straps, locks, and one size adjustable, to specific sizes.

  • Body Area Protected: Waist down to ankles
  • Exposed Body Areas: Waist upwards and ankle downwards. If working with a lot of slag producing material, then it is highly recommended to wear welding chaps.

Welding Leggings

welding leggingsThese are sheath type shin pads that welders would wear to avoid spat burns. They come in a range of materials, from reflective aluminum to flame resistant leather. They work just like spats and boot covers except the cover extends upwards to the shin.

  • Body Area Protected: Shin, Ankles and Feet
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else.

Welding Knee Pads

welding knee padsThere are times when you just have to crawl under whatever it is you are welding. Welding knee pads as specifically made to provide protection in those instances, especially if you arent wearing any other PPE that would protect your knees from burning from slag that may have sprayed on the floor.

  • Body Area Protected: Only the knee!
  • Exposed Body Areas: Wear as part of a kit, it protects nothing else.

Welding Coveralls

welding CoverallsIf you work in shops or garages, you must be familiar with the concept of coveralls, which are pretty much loos fit jumpsuits for safety. There are different types of overalls, and although industrial models afford the most protection, they can be expensive and not user friendly. The best way to use coveralls is to get a set of general welding coveralls and combine with other welding safety clothing such as aprons, bibs and chaps.

  • Body Area Protected: Lower neck to ankles including arms and sleeves  – however not fully protecting against really high temperatures unless specifically made to withhold such.
  • Exposed Body Areas: Lower Neck upwards and ankle downwards.

Welding Boot Covers / Welding Splats

welding boot coversIf you do use ordinary work boots, you may want to still invest in flame retarding lace and boot shields which can be slipped on over your boots, attached to ankles. These would protect your normal boots or footwear just as welding safety boots would. They also stop slag from getting into your footwear. They are usually slip on or slipped over with fire resistant fasteners.

  • Body Area Protected: Ankles and Feet
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else. They offer OK protection for feet, however welding boots are generally a better purchase than welding shoe covers.

Welding Safety Boots

weldingbootsThe average amateur wider would probably make do with ordinary work boots if they don’t weld very often. However, for those serious career elders, welding safety boots are a must. These are designed specifically with features to avoid heat exposure setting the, alight, for example from welding spatter. Most welding boots are either lace free or come with lace protecting covers as these tend to be the most flammable material composite.

  • Body Area Protected: Ankles and Feet
  • Exposed Body Areas: Pretty much everything else. They offer good protection for feet though.