Welding Curtains & Screens

Welding Screens, Welding Curtains & Welding Bays

It is critical that the product you buy conforms to EN 1598.

This standard specifies safety requirements for transparent welding curtains, strip curtains and protective screens to be used for shielding off workplaces from their surrounding, where welding processes are taking place.

Welding safety screens are designed to protect people from hazardous, radiant emissions produced from welding arcs and spatter. Welding curtains, welding strips and screens specified in this standard are not intended to replace welding filters. Appropriate welding filters for intentional viewing of welding arcs from a distance of less than two meters are specified in EN 169. Welders screens are an important product that is required for safety, so please do contact us if there is any queries at all.

What is needed in a Welding Screen or Curtain?

  • They must be as rugged as possible and fit your working conditions.
  • Have reinforced hems so that they do not tear
  • Has eyelets so that it can be moved aside
  • Ideally it should be DIN EN ISO 25980 certified

Benefits of a Welding Curtain?

  • Flexibility - They are easily transportable and can be assembled in minutes to isolate small or large areas
  • Safety - welding produces bright sparks and metal spatter hazardous to others in the vicinity of the welder, curtains protect everyone from these dangers
  • Noise Reduction - They create a barrier reducing the prospect of noise irritation and potential hearing damage to others

FAQs

When should I use Welding Curtains?

The purpose is to protect passers by and nearby workers who are not involved in the process from the welding arc light and levels of UV. Where other people are likely to be close-by, there should be a protection in place to prevent them being affected by the light. This protection is usually achieved by using curtains or screens to ensure that work can go on as effectively as possible without disrupting others on site or in the workshop.

Are Clear Welding Curtains Acceptable?

Flame retardant and heavy canvas screens are very common, however our customers find it is most convenient to be able to see if someone is welding inside. This means that many screens are made of 'semi-transparent' plastic. These semi-transparent screens allow you to see enough to know that someone is welding, but the material filters out the harmful parts of the light. If there is no need to see the person welding or for screening in between welding bays, darker or opaque should be used, as these are typically less expensive but both can be purchased from this website.

They should conform to the British Standard (BS EN 1598) or at least offer the same level of protection as this Standard. Some suppliers may refer to this as "EN 1598". The Standard does not specify any particular colour, it just requires to attain certain levels of performance. This means that suitable products may be available in a variety of colours and levels of 'darkness'.

Clear welding curtains do offer a certain level of protection, but at the present time, the Heath and Safety Executive is not aware of any clear welding curtains that conform to the BS EN 1598 standard, so it is very important to be informed regarding this, but do give us a call to find out more. In this case, It may be a good idea to go for translucent, such as green tinted screens which you can find above.

Welding bays and curtains obviously have to be suited to the kind of work that you are doing and the amount/intensity of weld, if you are at all unsure, give us a call!

For further advice or guidelines for usage, please call our technical helpline on **0800 975 9710**

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