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January 17, 2018

New Product: Welding Curtains and Screens

At Strip Curtains Direct we like to keep our customers happy, and you may have noticed that we have recently started to add new products such as crash doors to the site in response to customers’ requests. The latest product we have launched is welding curtains. In this article, we will take a look at what welding screens are and how they can help with health and safety.

What is Welding?

Welding is a process by which two materials are joined together using heat. The equipment used to do this include an electric arc or beam, friction, gas flame, a laser or ultrasound. Although there have been many advances in welding in the past few years, it is still one of the most dangerous activities to undertake as there are many injuries that can occur during the process, such as burns, damage to the eye, electric shocks, overexposure to ultraviolet light and exposure to poisonous fumes.

Arc Eye

One of the most common injuries that occur during the welding process is photokeratitis which is more commonly known as 'Arc Eye'. This is a condition that affects the eye and is caused by exposing the eye to the welding arc for too long a period of time.  The condition usually develops over a 4-hour period and begin with an inching of the eye that leads to inflammation of the cornea and burning of the eyeball.  The good news is that the effect of arc eye are not permanent and usually last anywhere up to 36 hours overall - depending on the severity of the damage, and it can be prevented with the use of proper eye protection.

The problem with eye arc is that it doesn't just affect welders, who are usually wearing the proper eye protection due to health and safety rules. Eye Arc is usually more prevalent in people who aren't welders but who are working in the same area as the welder. This is because it is only natural for people to turn to look at a sudden flash of light, which is what happens when a welding arc is taking place.

How can Welding Curtains Help?

Welding curtains should be a must-have item whenever welding is taking place as they not only protect bystanders from eye arc but can protect both welders and bystanders from stray sparks which may cause a fire. The welding screens that we offer are manufactured from lightweight PVC in order to provide our customers with a high-quality flexible and fully portable solution.

We have managed to source a range of welding protection that is not only value for money but is also resistant to mildew and harsh chemicals and also has a high tensile and tear strength. The range goes from our entry-level welding screen which measures 1520mm/5ft W x 1900mm/6ft 3 H right up to our top of the range welding screen with pivoting arms, which measures 4115mm (13.6ft) W x 1900mm (6.3ft) H.

What is British Standard ISO 25980: 2014?

All welding screens and curtains have to conform to British Standard ISO 25980:2014 which you will be pleased to hear ours do. This standard aims to ensure that all screens offer the welder and bystanders a certain level of protection, including translucency so that passers-by can see that there is someone working inside.

If you have a welding operation as part of your business and are looking at investing in some welding curtains then please give our friendly team a call today on 0333 999 7171 or email us at