Welding Curtains & Screens

Welding Screen, Welding Curtain & Welding Bay


It is critical that the product you buy conforms to BS EN 1598:1998 or BS EN ISO 25980:2014. Health and safety in welding and allied processes requirements for transparent welding strips and bays to be used for shielding of work places from their surroundings where arc welding processes are used. They are designed to protect people who are not involved in the welding process from hazardous radiant emissions from welding arcs and spatter.

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 Screen

What are welding screens used for?

They are barriers designed to protect bystanders from molten metal, high temperatures, flames, radiant emissions, UV rays, noise and fumes produced from welding arcs and spatter. They 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. They are an important product that is required for health and safety. They are suitable for MIG/TIG/MMA, grinding, brazing and general safety of welders and surrounding personnel.

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

Welding Bay

What is a welding bay?

Welding bays are a multitude of enclosed welding booths, rooms or spaces using specialised shielding curtains to divide. They create semi-transparent barriers between each welder and protects bystanders from hazards including high temperatures, flames, radiant emissions, UV rays, noise and fumes produced from welding arcs and spatter.

Welding Sparks

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 to ensure that work can go on as effectively as possible without disrupting others on site or in the workshop.

Welding Screen In Use

High quality welding screens are

  • Flame resistance
  • High R-Value
  • Resistant to harsh chemicals
  • Resistant to mildew
  • Resistant to heat damage
  • High tear and tensile strength
  • Cold crack resistance

Are welding screens affordable?

It is not always viable, affordable, or practical to install permanent walls for welding purposes. Welding strips and bays are an effective solution as they are economically sound, portable, lightweight and complies with regulations such as HSE enabling workshops to rearrange welding bays on-demand within the law.

Heavy Duty Eyelets & Kevlar Stitching

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

PVC Screen

What are welding screens and welding curtains made of?

They are made of PVC (strong polyvinyl chloride), they are flame retardant to deflect welding and grinding sparks, and they absorb harmful UV light to protect bystanders within the vicinity of the welder.

PVC welding curtains and screens

PVC provide advantages over a flame retardant canvas including its low cost, ease of cleaning, lightweight and simple set up. As opposed to non-transparent, PVC is semi transparent meaning others can see whether a welder is behind the strips or bay. PVC blocks UV light, reflections and blue light which is beneficial as it protects those within proximity of the welder who may see the harmful rays. PVC also safeguards from grinding sparks as the material deflects grinding sparks without harm. Should it catch fire, it is required to self-extinguish when the material has been removed from the heat source.

Caution Sign

Welding screen hazards

Failure to utilise effective welding bays and strips on site can cause injuries such as flash burns if those around are not protected when welding and grinding, resulting in an unsafe practices report. Those around maybe other fabricators, colleagues who do not weld or members of the public. They can also protect welding supplies and valuable equipment from damage.

Welding Curtain Colours

Welding curtain colour

They should be tinted enough to intercept harmful light and different colours absorb various levels of radiation, which is why welding strips are red, green, orange, yellow to conform to the British Standard ISO 25980. In addition, all colours must provide a minimum 90% protection to harmful rays.

What is the difference between welding curtain colours?

Yellow Most suited to welding environments that use low to medium amperage. It also makes the work area more visible, especially in a larger facility
Orange & Red These reflect more light and are well-suited to a facility that uses medium amperage welding applications
Blue Ideal for medium to high protection welding situations as the dark colour protects eyes by blocking a lot of UV light
Dark Green Optimal in high protection situations such as facilities where plasma cutting, and laser welding are used. Green provides very little in the way of visibility and blocks out almost all UV light

Parts of a Welding Curtain

Parts of a welding screen or welding curtain

They are made up of a metal frame, flame retardant canvas or PVC strip curtains/screen, wheels for portability and metal rings attaching the metal frame to the desired material.

Types of PVC welding screens & welding curtains?

  • Polar PVC
  • Buffer Ribbed PVC
  • Clear PVC
  • Marker PVC

What is arc eye?

If welding strips and bays do not effectively protect those around, a flash of light from a welding torch can be enough to cause arc eye. Arc eye occurs when a flash of bright light such as ultraviolet ray burns the cornea. Arc eye is generally temporary, but it can cause sensitivity to light, tearing and irritation. However, the cornea generally repairs itself within a couple of days. Medical assistance should be attended for symptoms including blurred vision, severe pain, or glare.

Are clear/transparent welding curtains acceptable?

Clear Safety Screen

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 strips and bays 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 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 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 strips or bays 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 strips have to be suited to the kind of work that you are doing and the amount or intensity of the weld. If you are at all unsure, please do give us a call!

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

Welding Screen, Welding Curtain & Welding Bay

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