Welding screens are usually used by workers who weld in the proximity of other workers. A welding screen can significantly reduce the amount of UV light that other workers are exposed to. They can be found in a wide array of sizes and colours, and you can find them in brick and mortar stores as well as online. You can opt to install a welding screen in your workshop or have a portable one if the nature of the welding job requires you to be mobile.
One of the most obvious benefits of portable welding screens is that other people in your vicinity won’t be exposed to the flashes of light coming out of your welding torch. But that’s not all there is to portable welding screens – they give you privacy, and they prevent others from getting flash burns that can be quite dangerous. A lot of people think that just because they don’t look at the UV light that comes out the welding torch they’re completely safe. Well, the matter of fact is, you can get your eyes damaged even if you’re just catching a glimpse from the corner of your eye.
That being said, welding screens are very valuable and important tools, so even if you don’t have the time to go out of your way and buy one, you should at least consider making one with a tarp. This can still provide enough protection for yourself and those around until you get the chance to buy a proper welding screen. See-through welding screens are highly recommended in areas where large pieces of machinery are constantly being moved. Being able to see what’s coming your way will help keep you from walking in front of a forklift or other heavy machinery.
A lot of professional welders who work in a shop understand the importance of using a welding screen. They usually build their own frames which hold the screen and order a screen that fits the frame. This allows them to customize its design and size. Welding screens may include grommets which allow the screen to be stretched and attached within the frame.
Welding screens are not only highly recommended, but they’re required by OSHA. And why wouldn’t you get one? They’re inexpensive, yet very functional pieces of gear that shield the welder and by-passers alike. You might not feel the consequences that UV light has on your body now, but you definitely will in a couple of years once your body starts wearing out.