Welding Health and Safety: Welding Helmet Eye Care – Kevin Caron

Welding Health and Safety: Welding Helmet Eye Care – Kevin Caron

(Text on screen): Welding Health and Safety: Welding Helmet Eye Care, Kevin Caron, www.kevincaron.com (adjusting helmet) The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What’s wrong? Kevin Caron: Good Lord! You know, when you MIG weld for awhile, all the sparks from your welding and smoke and the dust tends to gather on the little safety glass in the front of your helmet. Ick! Man is that filthy! There’s a little clip on the inside of the helmet. It lets; you just pop the lens out (these are cheaters) The Voice: What do you mean by “cheaters”? Kevin Caron: Well, I wear glasses normally, but instead of wearing my bifocals inside the helmet (and you older guys, you know what I’m talking about, trying to weld in there doing this with the bifocals) these are plastic, prescription ground reading lenses, basically. This is a two diopter, the same as my bifocals. So these just clip right inside so I can see what I’m doing, but I don’t have to have my expensive glasses inside the helmet with me. You clip those out. And (you don’t even have to look at them to get them out) this is the auto-darkening lens that clips inside the helmet. If you look on the front of it (come here), see the little solar panel right there? The Voice: Yeah. Kevin Caron: Yeah? That’s what actually gets power from the arc, and that’s what turns the lens dark. Pretty cool. The Voice: Does every helmet have that? Kevin Caron: No. Some of them have, actually, battery power. You’ve got a little battery inside the helmet and an on-off button. But then it just has a sensor in the front of it to turn the helmet light or dark. This one has the sensor, too. I think it’s right there on that side. But this just runs on the solar panel, so you never need a battery. And then the little safety lens, it comes on from the front. And you can give it a push and it just pops right out. The Voice: Let me see that up close. Wow. No wonder you couldn’t see. Kevin Caron: Yeah. And here’s what a new one looks like. The Voice: Wow! Kevin Caron: Big difference, eh? The Voice: Um-hm. Kevin Caron: OK, so this guy goes in the trash and this just snaps in on the front. The Voice: Where can you get the replacement lenses? Kevin Caron: I get mine down at the welding store; the Miller store where I buy all my gas and my wire and everything else. I think you can find them at Home Depot sometimes, but not very often. The Voice: How about online? Kevin Caron: Oh, sure. Yeah, you know, if you Google; you know, just Google for, like, safety glasses or safety lenses for welding helmets, you ought to be able to find plenty of them that way. When you put your auto-darkening lens back in, make sure the solar panel goes to the outside, not to the inside. That’s really surprising when it happens. And then you just, if you have cheaters, you just put those back in. Oh, my God. What a difference. OK. Back to work. (Text on screen): Subscribe to See More Videos! See and hear more at KevinCaron.com.

11 thoughts on “Welding Health and Safety: Welding Helmet Eye Care – Kevin Caron

  1. Hi Kevin,
    Night before last I visited the ER: while I was grinding welds, a tiny piece of steel got UNDER my full-length clear plastic face shield and my glasses and went into my cornea. From now on I wear my wraparound goggles, the ones that go over my glasses. Jerry

  2. @Jerbob1 Damn, I hate it when that happens! My eye doc. calls me "rusty" when I stop by to see her. I normally get something in my eye from my hair. The dust will fall when I take off the glasses or face mask.
    Hope you heal quickly.

  3. Thanks, Rusty! Hey, that's a good bit of advice: watch out for metal debris falling from the hair. Never thought of that. Well, we just keep on learning. Sometimes the education is a bit on the expensive side.

  4. @ArtWithRob That's to keep the sparks from going down my shirt. It also keeps my neck and chin from getting sunburn from the welding arc.

  5. hey kevin, I am required to wear safety glasses in the shop to protect from random welding flash(from other welders in the shop) and debris. will a regular clear UV safety glasses be fine for this? I was going to buy a pair of shade 2, but I am unsure. thanks

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