DEVELOPMENT OF WELDING HEAD CAP WITH REPLACEABLE MASK
This research study aimed at developing a viable head cap with replaceable mask for welding trainees of TESDA Women's Center (TWC). The trainer and trainees of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II observed that it took more than the headgear and the usual PPE to protect oneself during the welding process. Masks were to protect the nostrils and mouth from fumes while welds and spatter werealso potential hazard on the head. Trainees used scarves, old t-shirts and mask to improvise a head cap. The conceptual framework utilized was the Product Development framework, a systematic, commercially oriented research to develop products and processes satisfying a known or suspected consumer need. The Dressmaking NC II qualification spearheaded the product development process. Factors considered in the design include the need for a washable mask, protection of the head that should be made of durable and fire-proof material, comfort in wearing, and low cost to produce. After the initial idea generation, screening and development of product prototype, product test was with a controlled group consisted of one (1) TWC faculty and nineteen (19) trainees. An evaluation sheet using the five-point Likert scale (Annex) was devised for the conduct of testing to establish the overall preference and satisfaction with the welding head cap with replaceable mark from the respondents. The results of the product tests showed that more than half of the respondents were satisfied with the product they tested. 65% of the respondents were very satisfied on the following attributes of the welding head cap with replaceable mask: comfort, safety, ease of use, appearance and overall quality. 35% of the respondents were satisfied with the safety, ease of use and appearance, Based on the results of the product test, it was concluded that the welding head cap with replaceable mask could be a viable product as personal protective equipment. The overall quality was acceptable and satisfied the needs of the intended consumers. Recommendations were the manufacture and sales of the product at TESDA Women's Center. Likewise, the conduct of a feasibility study to determine the viability of commercializing the product was suggested.