Rise of the Phoenix: New Welding Lids for Secondary Schools

Rise of the Phoenix: New Welding Lids for Secondary Schools

Personal protective equipment is essential for second­ary school welding students so they are safe and have the best experience as possible when welding and that is why the Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) launched its Secondary School Welding Hel­met Initiative.

“We believe every student should have access to personal protective equipment whenever they strike an arc,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Founda­tion. “Welding helmets can be costly for schools because of their limited budgets, and after consultations with sev­eral schoolboards, we decided to create this initiative, to provide assistance the best way we could.”

During the first year of the CWA Foundation’s National Secondary School Welding Helmet initiative, 2,800 graph­ic, auto-darkening helmets were distributed to secondary schools with full-time welding programs across Canada.

One of the first schools to receive their helmets, 10 in total, was Ottawa Technical Secondary School (OTSS) in Ottawa, Ontario.

Welding instructor John White said the helmets will en­sure students have the best personal protective equip­ment which will in turn provide them with the best weld­ing experience.

“We’re very thankful for this, and it’s great to know that there is a welding organization out there such as the CWA Foundation who helps grass roots welding programs,” said White. “It’s difficult to express our gratitude. This re­ally means a lot and the students are having a wonderful time using the new helmets – they really like the graphics of the phoenix.”