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WELDING SCREENS - PROTECTION FROM ULTRAVIOLET RAYS

Most arc welding and cutting processes, torch welding, cutting and brazing, or soldering, produce quantities of ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation can burn the skin, and damage the lens of the eye. Flashburns to the eyes are extremely painful, and, can cause permanent damage.

Welders, workers, and visitors, near areas where arc welding is being performed, must be protected from the hazards of ultraviolet rays. This can be done in two ways: by wearing the appropriate PPE, and by placing non-combustible or flameproof screens, curtains, or other effective barriers around the welding operation.

Welding hoods and special welding goggles with UV filters are designed to protect your eyes and face from UV exposure. Appropriate gloves and aprons must be used to protect exposed skin.

Welding screens are used to protect others in the vicinity of the welding operation, when the body of the welder or the shape of the steel cannot shield the arc.

This equipment must be used faithfully for every welding job in order to prevent UV burns.

Many serious eye injuries have taken place because workers or visitors to an area believed, as long as they werenít looking directly at the welding arc, there was no danger. But, ultraviolet rays into the side of the eye can cause painful burns as well. Always protect against this hazard.

Welding and cutting are safe operations, if you follow the rules. If you try to take short cuts, or you donít take the proper precautions, it could become a hazardous job. Take time for safety and health, because youíre worth it.

 

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