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Personal Protection Safety Standards Personal Protection Standards frequently come into play when welding due to the inherent dangers associated with welding. While welding equipment can be made safer, certain dangers are best protected against with the use of personal protection equipment such as eye and face protection. Sometimes, personal protection standards for use in welding applications add on to standards used in industries with lower safety requirements, while others are developed specifically for welding when the dangers involved are unique to welding.

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ISO 20349:2010

Personal protective equipment - Footwear protecting against thermal risks and molten metal splashes as found in foundries and welding - Requirements and test method

ISO 20349:2010 specifies requirements and test methods for footwear protecting users against thermal risks and molten iron or aluminium metal splashes such as those encountered in foundries, welding and allied process. Footwear complying with this International Standard also offers other protection as defined in ISO 20345.

This standard is also available from: BS  /  DIN  /  ON  /  SS


BS EN 166:2002

Personal eye protection. Specifications (British Standard)

This European standard specifies functional requirements for various types of personal eye-protectors. The transmittance requirements for various types of filter oculars are given in separate standards (see clause 3).

This standard is also available from: DIN  /  ON  /  SS


BS EN 169:2002

Personal eye-protection. Filters for welding and related techniques. Transmittance requirements and recommended use (British Standard)

This European standard specifies the scale numbers and transmittance requirements for filters intended to protect operators performing work involving welding, braze-welding, arc gouging and plasma jet cutting. The other applicable requirements for these types of filters are given in EN 166:1995. Guidance on the selection and use of these filters are given in Annex A. The specifications for welding filters with switchable luminous transmittance and welding filters with dual luminous transmittance are given in EN 379:1994.

This standard is also available from: DIN  /  ON  /  SS


BS EN 175:1997

Personal protection. Equipment for eye and face protection during welding and allied processes (British Standard)

This European Standard specifies safety requirements and test methods for personal protective equipment used to protect the operator's eyes and face against harmful optical radiation and other specific risks or hazards in usual welding, cutting or similar operations. This standard specifies protection including ergonomic aspects against risks or hazards of radiative, flammable, mechanical and electrical nature. The equipment is designed to incorporate protective filters, with or without cover/backing oculars as recommended by the welding protector manufacturer, in accordance with EN 166:1995 and complying with EN 169:1992 or EN 379:1994. ááHoods, inspector face screens, laser protective equipment and welding protection for special applications, are not covered in this standard. áThis standard defines the terms used and specifies requirements for materials, design and manufacture.

This standard is also available from: DIN  /  ON  /  SS


BS EN 379:2003+A1:2009

Personal eye-protection. Automatic welding filters (British Standard)

This European standard specifies requirements for automatic welding filters which switch their luminous transmittance to a lower predetermined value when a welding arc is ignited (referred to as welding filters with switchable scale numbers). It also specifies requirements for automatic welding filters which switch their luminous transmittance to a lower value, where the lower value of luminous transmittance is set automatically in dependence on the illuminance generated by the welding arc (referred to as welding filters with automatic scale number setting). The requirements of this standard apply if such a filter is to be used for continuous viewing of the welding process, (including gas welding and cutting), and if it is to be used only during the period when the arc is being ignited. These filters are used in welders' eye protectors or are fixed to equipment. If they are to be used in welders' eye protectors, other applicable requirements for these types of filters are given in EN 166. The requirements for the frames/mountings to which they are intended to be fitted are given in EN 175. Guidance on the selection and use of these filters is given in annex A. The specifications for welding filters without switchable luminous transmittance are given in EN 169.

This standard is also available from: DIN  /  ON


ISO 25980:2014

Health and safety in welding and allied processes - Transparent welding curtains, strips and screens for arc welding processes

ISO 25980:2014 specifies safety requirements for transparent welding curtains, strips, and screens to be used for shielding of work places from their surroundings where arc welding processes are used. They are designed to protect people who are not involved in the welding process from hazardous radiant emissions from welding arcs and spatter. Welding curtains, strips, and screens it specifies are not intended to replace welding filters. For intentional viewing of welding arcs other means of protection are used. It is not applicable for welding processes where laser radiation is used. NOTE Darker welding curtains or screens are advisable for mutual separation of adjacent work places for reasons of comfort.

This standard is also available from: BS


CSA W117.2-2012

W117.2-12 - Safety in welding, cutting, and allied processes

Preface This is the sixth edition of W117.2, Safety in welding, cutting, and allied processes. It supersedes the previous editions published in 2006, 2001, 1994, 1987, and 1974. Its subject is the health and safety of welders and welding operators. Scope 1.1 Objective 1.1.1 This Standard provides minimum requirements and recommendations to protect persons who work in an environment affected by welding, cutting, and allied processes from illness and injury and to prevent damage to property arising from the installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment used in these processes. 1.1.2 This Standard specifies the elements of a welding health and safety program (see Clause 4) that are necessary to implement the requirements and recommendations specified in this Standard. 1.2 Applicability 1.2.1 This Standard applies to all personnel working in an environment affected by welding, cutting, and allied processes. 1.2.2 The requirements of this Standard apply to the processes illustrated in the Master chart of welding and allied processes (see Figures A.1 and A.2). Note: One should consult the authority having jurisdiction, together with this Standard, to ensure compliance to mandatory legislative requirements. 1.3 Exclusions This Standard does not apply to (a) the design or manufacture of welding or safety equipment; and (b) storage, use, and handling of natural gas and propane in accordance with CSA B149.1 and CSA B149.2. 1.4 Terminology In this Standard, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (nonmandatory) to define their application. 1.5 Units of measurement The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.