News & Case Studies

The difference between 1/1/1/2 and 1/1/1/1 auto-darkening lens...

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 20 August 2019

If it ain't broke, why fix it? For a lot of welders it's normal to not see spatter and other things through their auto-darkening lens. You've got a good helmet - top brand, expensive - it's one of the best. But did you know some of the top rated helmets are actually not as good as they could be when it comes to visibility?

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Topics: Safety

5 Signs it's Time to Upgrade to Powered Air Respirators

Posted by Shane Carroll on 13 August 2019

Have you been dreaming of a welding helmet with powered air, but you're not sure if it's really a NEED or a WANT?  After all, combining a half-face respirator and a regular welding helmet provides all the protection you need right?....Wrong!  Welding helmets with PAPR are more than just a luxury item...  Here's 5 signs it's time to upgrade to an air fed welding helmet...

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Topics: Safety, Respiratory and Welding Safety

When do welding helmet & respirator parts need replacing?

Posted by Gus Broomhall on 06 August 2019

Keeping your welding helmet & respirator well maintained has great health and financial benefits!  You'll find your helmet will always be comfortable, perform at it's best, and you're unlikely to experience downtime in having to repair or replace your helmet.  Proper maintenance is really just giving your welding helmet a good clean after use, storing it in a clean place, and replacing consumable components when they are due.  Generally, better quality helmets will have components that not only perform better, but last longer and are replaceable.  Below is a guide for how to know when a part needs replacing, and how long you can expect TECMEN welding helmets & Freflow respirator parts to last.

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Topics: Safety, Respiratory and Welding Safety

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

How to correctly insert and check earplugs

Posted by Shane Carroll on 28 May 2019

Earplugs are a must for many people, whether you're working in a noisy environment, or need to block out noise to get to sleep at night.  Although earplugs are now available with up to level 5 protection (the highest level of protection for Australian and New Zealand standards), like other equipment, they can only provide that protection if worn correctly.  Here's a quick guide to fitting and checking your earplugs.

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Topics: Safety

Everything you need to know about workplace hearing protection

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 22 May 2019

Hearing protection is a serious matter - once it's gone, it's gone!  The good news is, keeping everyone safe from excessive noise in the workshop doesn't need to be complicated - keep reading for your so quick, so easy guide to workplace hearing protection...

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Topics: Safety

Welding fumes - how much exposure causes cancer?

Posted by Shane Carroll on 28 February 2019

Welding fumes commonly contain Nickel and Chromium, both of which are linked to cancer. In fact, ALL welding fume is internationally classified as carcinogenic to humans. So what are the risks? How do I keep everyone safe?

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Topics: Safety

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

What kind of safety glasses do I need?

Posted by Stefan Joseph on 05 February 2019

Trying to work out which kind of safety glasses you need to get the job done?  No worries!  We've made it so quick, so easy

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Topics: Safety

The 7 most commonly asked questions about safety glasses

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 22 January 2019

Whether you're doing a bit of DIY or engineering's your day job, safety glasses are a must in almost any workshop.  We get asked a lot of questions about eye protection.  Here's some answers to our 7 most commonly asked questions in no particular order....

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Topics: Safety