Industrial Welding Strip Curtains

by dennis on December 23, 2011

industrial welding strip curtains Akon is your source for welding strip curtains which block the harmful welding UV rays caused by arc welding. These tinted industrial PVC stripsprovide a line of sight to your work areas while also eliminating the harmful UV rays.

What is welder’s burn?

Known by many names–welder’s flash, arc eye, welder’s eye, snow blindness–this condition is characterized by radiation injury to the eye. UV radiation is the most common form. The medical term is ultraviolet keratitis–effectively a sunburn to the cornea of the eye.

UV radiation happens all around us–we are constantly bombarded with UV radiation from the sun and from man-made sources, however much of this radiation is filtered out via ozone and other barriers, keeping ultraviolet rays at safe levels. However, even low concentrations of such radiation can cause permanent damage over long periods. So how can tinted welding curtains be utilized against these harmful rays?

Arc Flash Strip Curtains

Arc flash is an electrical explosion that occurs when two materials are insufficiently grounded and air serves as a conductor across the materials. Arc flash can produce deadly blasts and burn the skin, but more insidious is the damage the UV rays from it can do to the eyes in the form of flash burn. If these rays are not blocked they can inflict serious damage.

How serious is the damage from arc flash?

Welder’s burn can lead to a number of eye problems such as

· pinguecula – growth of non-cancerous nodules on the eye

· pterygium (surfer’s eye) – growth of tissue over the eye

· climatic droplet keratopathy – transparent tissue growth over eye

· squamous metaplasia – change of tissue properties in eye

· cancer of the eye

Direct results of flash burn can include blurred vision, chronic eye pain, and temporary or permanent blindness.

How to Protect Against Arc Flash

OSHA has numerous regulations governing protection against the numerous dangers caused by arc flash, including providing proper safety plans, equipment, and training. One excellent way to minimize UV radiation is through a UV-resistant barrier. Welding strip curtains are designed as the perfect choice for areas where arc flash is present, since they block much of the radiation while still allowing enough visibility to see where workers are going, not to mention their cost-effective and timesaving design.

The PVC strips used for AKON’s welding strip doors overlap to provide a solid barrier to UV radiation that will significantly decrease its contamination of the surrounding environment. Although workers should always wear eye protection in and around areas where arc flash is possible, strip curtain doors provide a an excellent way to separate work spaces and dampen noise while remaining affordable and unobstructed. AKON’s welding strip curtains are available in Amber and Aztec Red.

 

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