Welding Curtains & Screens

When buying welding curtains and welding screens it is critical that the product you buy conforms to EN 1598.

This standard specifies safety requirements for transparent welding curtains, strips and 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 from welding arcs and spatter. Welding curtains, 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 2 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.

Welding Screens - What to look for

  • The Welding Curtain must be as rugged as possible and must fit your working conditions.
  • The curtains have reinforced hems so that they don't tear
  • The Curtain has eyelets so that It can be moved aside
  • Ideally that it is DIN EN ISO 25980 certified


When should I use welding curtains?

The purpose of a welding curtain or screen is to protect passers by and nearby workers who aren't actually involved in the process from the welding arc light and levels of UV. Where welding takes place and other people are likely to be close-by, there should be something 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 & heavy canvas screens are very common however our customers find it's most convenient to 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 isn't a need to see the person welding or for screening in between welding bays, darker or opaque screens and curtains should be used- these are typically less expensive but both can be purchased from this website.

Welding Curtains and Screens should conform to the British Standard (BS EN 1598) or at least offer the same level of protection as this Standard. Some Welding Suppliers may refer to this as "EN 1598". The Standard does not specify any particular colour it just requires the curtain to attain certain levels of performance. This means that suitable curtains 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 isn't aware of any clear welding curtains that conform to the BS EN 1598 standard so it is very important to be informed as to this- 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 that 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 of welding curtains and welding screens please call our technical helpline on 0800 975 9710.

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