What Shade of Torching Safety Glasses Should I Be Wearing?
There are a lot of types of torches, brazing devices, and arcs used in welding, cutting, and brazing, and each requires a different kind of green IR protection. Which is right for you?
Welding, brazing, and metal cutting are all dangerous jobs and hobbies that require the use of several types of protective equipment. Among these are gloves, aprons, shields, covers, and eye protection. If you’re working with a torch, you’re going to need to figure out how you want to protect your eyes.
Eye protection can come in a variety of styles. Generally, people who work with torching are either wearing a full face shield with a lens (either an electronic shaded lens or a green glass lens) or they’re wearing safety glasses. We cater to both styles.
If you’re shopping for torching safety glasses, here’s what you should know about the shade you should be wearing:
- First of all, if you’re purchasing any sort of lenses or glasses for torching, make sure that they give you the IR protection you need. Most torches emit infrared radiation which is harmful to eyes. Green lenses protect from this.
- The shade you’re using is going to depend on your torch and your preferences. Many people may use different shades for the same torch, but, in general, those shades will all be in the same ballpark with each other.
- To get an idea of where to start if you’re shopping around for green shades, you should take a look at this document by OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/weldingcuttingbrazing/
- There are also safety glasses for specific specialty torching, such as quartzwork or glassworking. If you’re interested in glass working or quartz working safety glasses, check out our articles on those here:
- Once you get a shade to start with, it’s important to work with it and make sure it works for you. Many people go up or down a few shades, often with some tedious trial and error, before they find the shade that works best for them. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Eye safety is extremely important in torch work. While many other types of injuries can heal and leave no permanent disability, an eye injury from torch work is something that you may have to live with for the rest of your life.
Torchworking safety glasses and welding safety glasses and lenses are a crucial investment, and ours are made of the highest quality, optical standard German glass. We are one of the leading importers of optical quality glass lenses for welding, and we’re proud of the shade selection, size selection, and customization capabilities that we offer. We also are one of the leading welding window suppliers in the United States.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below or by calling our customer service line. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!