Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standards on their web page https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/weldingcuttingbrazing/standards.html for personal protective equipment (PPE). Consulting with reputable welders on their experiences and suggestions will also provide insights.
In any type of work, taking first aid and CPR training is essential. It is important in keeping up with the training as often times procedures and technology changes and certifications expire. The Red Cross has classes and certification https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class. First aid and CPR can be valuable in your professional and personal life. Even if you remember a few things, it may be enough to reduce further damage and/or save a person's life.
Linda recommends the following next steps:
- Review and list the recommended PPE from OSHA. Consult with several reputable welders from different companies and list their suggestions.
- Take first aid and CPR training.
- Never compromise. Be safe, for yourself and others!