If your weld­ing boots have laces, they are not weld­ing boots

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - WELDING -

MANY LARGE project sites and smaller work­shops in Aus­tralia have made it manda­tory that all work­ers wear lace-up, zip-sided boots to pre­vent rolled an­kles and al­low for quick re­moval. This may make sense for the ma­jor­ity of work­ers but not for welders.

The “Weld­ing Pro­cesses Code of Prac­tice” re­leased by Safe Work Aus­tralia states that foot pro­tec­tion worn by welders should be “non-slip, heat and fire re­sis­tant” and that “welders should avoid us­ing foot pro­tec­tion that has the po­ten­tial to cap­ture hot sparks and metal de­bris”, us­ing laces as an ex­am­ple of what NOT to wear.

Laces in­tro­duce a new hazard to the welder as molten metal, sparks and hot de­bris are col­lected in a fo­cused cap­ture point. The burn risk to the welder is sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased es­pe­cially if the boots worn are not heat or fire re­sis­tant.

Sim­ply put, if your weld­ing boots have laces, they are not weld­ing boots and they put you at risk.

Welders are ex­posed to unique risks that other work­ers may not en­counter. These in­clude heat, spat­ter, sparks and po­ten­tially flames. Welders wear unique PPE like weld­ing hel­mets, weld­ing gloves and weld­ing aprons, so why are they not wear­ing ap­pro­pri­ate weld­ing boots?

Learn more about this topic. Down­load The Weld­ing Boot White Pa­per from AWS.

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