PPE for Welding

Provided by: ToolingU

“PPE for Welding” introduces the purpose and uses of personal protective equipment (PPE) for welders to protect against hazards like electric shock, fume and gas exposure, arc radiation, and fire and explosion. Welders are most likely to sustain burns to the skin or eyes. OSHA and ANSI issue standards for PPE. To prevent injury, welders should wear appropriate PPE to cover all exposed skin, including safety glasses or goggles, a welding helmet, hearing protection, welding gloves, and leather high-top shoes. Welding PPE should be fire resistant, protect the eyes from harmful light, fit comfortably, and provide adequate protection. Employers must train employees in proper PPE use and complete a hazard assessment. Proper PPE not only protects workers from injury, but helps prevent productivity loss due to sick time and ensures that workplaces are OSHA compliant. After taking this class, users should be able to describe the PPE necessary to perform welding operations safely.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain why welding requires personal protective equipment
  • Describe the standards and requirements for welding PPE
  • Describe OSHA training requirements
  • Describe the characteristics of different materials used in welding PPE
  • Distinguish between the types of protective clothing required when welding
  • Describe the proper uses of common types of eye protection for welding
  • Describe the common types of face and head protection for welding
  • Describe the shade number classification for welding helmet lenses
  • Explain the need for hearing protection during welding
  • Explain the importance of wearing welding gloves
  • Describe the common types of foot and leg protection for welding.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel, including engineers, technicians and managers, particularly handling welding operations.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business



Employee Type

New Applicants, Operations team, 1st level supervisor

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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