Welder's workwear is designed to protect you from heat burns and flame, from welding or foundry work.
Excessive heat alone can do far more damage to your body and your life expectancy than a simple flame burn might suggest.
The heaviest Flame Retardant (FR) welding overalls are called Moleskin coveralls. These are typically 450gms thick cotton with a Pyrovatex FR treatment. This density of fabric helps protect your body from flash heat. The heavy, tight knit cotton drill also ensures greater longevity of the coverall. Moleskins typically do not show any external pockets or reflective tape. This is because these are areas when sparks, and hot molten metal can gather and burn through to your skin. The aim of moleskin boilersuits is to ensure that the molten metal rolls off.
(NB FR Coverall or FR Overall or FR Boilersuit are all interchangeable words meaning the same thing).
Industrial Coveralls are typically more lightweight than a moleskin. eg 350gms and with no external pockets or reflective tape.
Arc Welding coveralls look plain enough, but these are the Premium Welding Protection.
The Roots ArcBuster coverall gives you protection from both heat(450gms) and Electric Arc (IEC 61482).
These are multinorm, having Flame retardant (FR) protection, Antistatic features, and 450gms heat protection.
We stock the leading FR brands such as Mascot, Portwest, Tranemo, Roots, Wenaas.
We hold 40,000 FR coveralls in stock and despatch stock orders received by 3pm, same day UK.
Welders and fabricators shoudl be aware of the dangers of wet or sweaty clothing: apart form the discomfort of wet clothes there is a major safety risk. In the event of a flash fire, any moisture against your skin will be boiled. So like the skin burns you get from a steaming kettle, the damp, wet or sweaty clthing can be turned into steaming hot clothing and you risk severe skin burns simply because fo having damp or sweaty clothing.
To reduce the risk of steam induced skin burns, we recommend you use FR undergarments. FR undergarments by Devold such as the FR Snood or the Orbit Hydra FR range including the FR Long sleeve 340gm T shirt and the . FR Poloshirt are suitable for you to wear in comfort beneath an FR overall. NB You get extra heat and flame protection by wearing FR layers (such as these Fr undergarments beneath FR outerwear).