Today’s guest post is by Bill Gardner of Miller Electric:
With summer approaching, heat is on the rise. As a welder, intense heat can be irritating, but the effects of heat stress can also greatly impact productivity, the ability to concentrate, quality of work, and safety.
OSHA recommends various ways to reduce heat exposure and the risk of heat-related illnesses, including engineering controls like air conditioning and ventilation; work practices like water breaks, rest cycles and heat-tolerance build up; employee training and awareness.
The proper selection of PPE also plays a crucial role in preventing the adverse side effects of heat stress. The very nature of welding adds heat to an already warm environment, but the right PPE can improve a welder’s performance by lowering the risks of heat stress.
The CoolBand II addresses two of the most common causes of heat stress – high heat and limited airflow. A fan is integrated into the helmet’s headgear, providing directional airflow over the head and face to evacuate hot, stagnate air and encourage more rapid sweat evaporation. With the use of the CoolBand II, users can experience temperatures up to 8°F cooler under the welding hood.
Strategically placed air vents also reduce lens fogging, which can be a frustrating side effect of heat and humidity, impacting weld quality due to poor visibility. The CoolBand II features new and improved headgear for increased comfort, and a lightweight Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery that delivers 6 hours of battery life.
William Fries, a welder with Xtreme Fabrication in Kentucky, summed up the CoolBand’s impact when working on an outdoor project in 90 degree heat, “The fact that you have air movement across your face makes all the difference in being able to get the job done.”
The Miller Titanium 9400™ Welding Helmet
The Titanium 9400 welding helmet also has features to help reduce temperatures under the hood. The titanium colored shell reflects radiant heat produced during welding to reduce temperatures under the hood, while an innovative aluminum heat shield protects the auto-darkening lens in high amperage applications. Combined with the CoolBand II, this duo makes a great choice for combating heat stress and can be an effective element for any organization’s Heat Stress Management plan for welding.
Most importantly, remember to stay hydrated and safe under the hood during the hot summer months.
Note: Not compatible with XL Series™, Classic VSi™, Titanium 1600i™ or 9400i™ helmets.
About Today’s Guest Blogger
Bill Gardner is the Business Development Manager/Welding Safety at Miller Electric Mfg. Co. He has worked at Miller for 23 years, and has an extensive background in welding protection.
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