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How to check a powered air respirator before each use

Posted by Andy Thomas on 24 September 2019

Like any item of protective equipment, your powered air respirator should be tested to make sure it is working correctly before each use.  After all, you don't want to end up in a cloud of dangerous welding fumes before finding out something's not quite right!  Here's a quick run through of how to self check your PAPR before each use...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

How to achieve a superior brushed satin finish on aluminium

Posted by Andy Thomas on 23 July 2019

There's some really cool finishes you can get with aluminium, and one of the easiest ones to achieve is a satin brushed finish.  Keep reading below for all the steps and tools you'll need to achieve a superior aluminium satin finish.

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Topics: Metal Finishing

How select and fit earmuffs for hearing protection

Posted by Andy Thomas on 11 June 2019

When it comes to hearing protection, earmuffs are often thought of as the more comfortable option over earplugs, however concerns arise in terms of getting them to fit with other PPE such as helmets, hardhats and glasses.  The good news is, there's actually a wide variety of earmuffs in the market to suit most workplace situations.  Read on to find out how to select, and correctly fit the right earmuffs for your workshop situation.

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Topics: Safety

Mirror mirror...how to polish aluminium to a mirror finish

Posted by Andy Thomas on 13 March 2019

Want to get your aluminium fabrication to a mirror finish?  While there are multiple ways of polishing aluminium to a mirror finish, these are some tried and true steps to seeing your reflection in the finished product...

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Topics: Metal Finishing

What you need to know about air quality H&S regulations

Posted by Andy Thomas on 28 February 2019

Knock knock...it's Worksafe waiting to inspect your workshop for air quality - are you ready?

Worksafe are cracking down on workplace health and safety when it comes to proper ventilation and respiratory equipment being used.  We've put together this quick and easy guide for what you need to know for when the inspectors come knocking!

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Topics: Safety, Respiratory and Welding Safety

Get unbelievable vision with TECMEN Welding Helmets

Posted by Andy Thomas on 02 February 2019

TECMEN Welding Helmets are here, and they've got some of the best auto-darkening lens on the market!  With a 1/1/1/1 rating and true colour, you've never seen through anything like it.  They're really opening up a whole new vision to the welder’s world!  Of course vision isn't the only thing that makes a great and safe welding helmet.  Read on to find out more...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

Attention bosses - see increased productivity with this respiratory welding helmet!

Posted by Andy Thomas on 26 November 2018

What's that? Safety gear that will make workers MORE productive??? Is there really such a thing?

Yep! You heard right - respiratory protection that will see increased productivity in your workshop...

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Topics: Safety

Try before you buy - how to test-drive a auto darkening welding helmet

Posted by Andy Thomas on 08 October 2018

Buying a new auto darkening helmet can be a daunting task. There's a lot of choices out there that make finding something that suits your budget and safety requirements easy. However, when you're choosing something that will potentially be worn 6-9 hours a day, 5 days a week, and can have a direct effect on the quality of work produced, you need to make sure you make the right choice.

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Topics: Safety

What is an organic vapour?

Posted by Andy Thomas on 30 July 2018

Lots of safety respirator filters state they protect against 'organic vapours' but that doesn't help decision making if you're not sure what an organic vapour is!  So here's a brief explanation so you know what you're protecting against...

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety

How long does a respirator filter last?

Posted by Andy Thomas on 18 June 2018

How long will your respirator filter last?  It can last up to 5 years if unopened in it's original packaging, or up to 6 months once opened.  But what about once you start using it?  How do you know when it should be changed?

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Topics: Respiratory and Welding Safety