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High Heat Welding Safety Gloves A worker welding

Welding can be a dangerous industry. From arc flash to flames, workers have to be very careful in following industrial safety procedures to ensure a danger free workplace and protective clothing and equipment (PPE) must be worn to help reduce the threat of injury or serious harm.

Safety work gloves are a huge part of any welder's gear, and choosing the right pair of welders gloves can be both tiresome and costly. But it doesn't have to be. Superior Glove® and PIP® offer lines of welding gloves that provide top protection, comfort, performance that are easy on your wallet.

Types of Welding

The gloves required for welding are the gauntlet type that cover the forearms for two types of welding:

  1. MIG is the preferred way of welding from people that needs to weld for long time. The additional material is not in the form of electrodes, but in the form of a wire,  that through an electric motor is pulled in a continuous way into the torch, from which it comes out together with the protecting gas round on it. This is in order to avoid contamination.
  2. Lightweight gloves designed for TIG  give the welder a better feel for manipulating the TIG torch and adding filler wire. TIG allows the joining of two metal parts, without using any additional material. It is used especially when there is the intention to reduce to the minimum the permanent sign left from the welding procedure. The TIG gloves are however not suitable for STICK or MIG welding.

Threats of Welding

Welding involves a wide range of tasks and hence a wide range of health and safety hazards. It is extremely important that you identify which danger you will need the most protection from, and go from there with choosing a welding glove. These threats include the following: 

  • electrical hazards 
  • operating machinery
  • heat & hot surfaces
  • sparks & spatter
  • open flames

Electric Shock

The hazard of electric shock is one of the most serious and immediate risks facing a welder. To combat this, follow these tips:

  1. Wear dry gloves in good condition when welding.
  2. Do not touch the electrode or metal parts of the electrode holder with skin or wet clothing.
  3. Keep dry insulation between the body, including arms and legs, and the metal being welded or ground (i.e. metal floor, wet ground).
  4. Keep welding cables and electrode holders in good condition. 

High Heat

When working with fire and flames, high heat protection from a glove is crucial as the heat of the welding arc can reach temperatures of 10,000 F. Without proper protection, the welder is placed in serious danger of injury.

Fires, Explosions, & Sparks

Be aware of fire hazards from extreme temperatures associated with any arc welding process. The danger of fire results from the effects of this intense heat upon the work and in the form of sparks and molten metals. Make sure to separate outside workers from the range of these, and the welder himself should take extra caution.


Gloves should be flexible with high dexterity if the worker is handling machinery. If they are not, the worker will be forced to take the gloves off, losing that hand protection and exposing himself or herself to possible injury.

*Please note -  there are many other hazards in welding, such as UV radiation from arc rays, fumes and gases. More than just gloves are often required so be sure to have the proper eyewear and clothing in addition to your hand protection for the best chance of avoiding injury.

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