Early welding was dirty work. Welders of the past were exposed to flying sparks, harmful fumes, and high temperatures with very little protective gear. From when welding processes were first used in the Middle Ages to the modern, innovative welding helmets of today, personal protective equipment (PPE) for welding safety has come a long way.
One of the most important pieces of safety gear for today’s welder is the respirator. Innovation and technology have made great advancements, developing respirators that protect welders more than ever before. To fully appreciate the protection provided by respirators today, one must look at the welding safety of the past.