How To Prevent Arc Eye / Flash Eye Burn – Gear Up With Gregg’s

How To Prevent Arc Eye / Flash Eye Burn – Gear Up With Gregg’s


Good morning and welcome back to Gear Up With
Gregg’s My name’s Brady and today I will be teaching you about AGO Welding Screens. Beside me are a few portable safety screens,
I know they look like a bunch of room partitions but the fabric used on them is actually far
more advanced than the ones you would find in a home decor store. It’s actually a see thru 14mil PVC Vinyl sheeting
that’s flame resistant! It’s not a necessity in a house, though, being
flame resistant is a nice feature if you’re as bad in the kitchen as I am. But it is something that would be beneficial in a shop if you are planning on welding or grinding. The transparent vinyl curtain exceeds OSHA
specifications for welding operations and the material has been specifically formulated
to absorb dangerous ultraviolet radiation to prevent personnel from eye flash burns. I like to think of it as wearing a pair of
sunglasses. Now I bet you’re wondering why you would even
need a screen in the first place, well it’s not for your protection but rather for the protection of the people around you. They are designed to protect workers adjacent
to welding operations from hazards such as sparks, spatter and ultraviolet light. For instance, if you’re are welding in the
back of your shop and a fellow coworker or customer walks in unsuspectingly, they could
experience an eye flash burn or arc eye. Arc eye happens when Certain types of UV radiation
produce an injury to the surface and mucous membrane of the eye. The amount of time required to cause these
effects depends on several factors such as the intensity of the radiation, the distance
from the welding arc, the angle at which the radiation enters the eye, and type of eye
protection that the welder or bystander is using. However, exposure to just a few seconds of
intense UV light can cause arc eye and the symptoms which include redness, the feeling
of pressure or sand in eye may not be felt until several hours after exposure. It’s basically like getting a sunburn but
in your eye. The AGO Portable Safety screen is easy to
set up, you simply attach the screen to the portable, lightweight, corrosion resistant,
tubular steel frame and you’re done. It’s also portable and can easily be moved
around your welding area. For storage, the legs fold parallel allowing
you to put it virtually anywhere. It comes in 1 to 4 panel models which you
can buy in green, orange or yellow. The difference between the colours is directly
related to the amount of light they let in. Yellow is the lightest protection and it lets
in the most light, which makes for the brightest workspace. Orange is medium protection which creates
a fairly bright workspace and Green is high to medium protection which provides a darker
workspace. It is important to note that they all block
out the harmful UV rays coming from the welding process, the difference in them is actually
in regards to the amount of light itself coming out of the screen because visible light and
ultra violet or UV radiation are actually two different things. Think of it as wearing sunglasses. You see, all sunglasses block out almost all
harmful UV rays, even clear plastic lenses will block out the UV rays, but you can buy them in different tints or shades and that is what is going to affect the amount of light that gets through. Now, how do you pick out the right fit for
you? Well you need to consider your workspace,
if you work in a smaller space and share a screen with another welder it would be better
to go with a green panel as you are in close proximity to their light and you are far more
likely to be affected by it. If you work alone, or there is more space
between you and the next welder you could get away with a yellow or orange screen. If your more concerned about the sparks flying
from your work space we also carry a 10 or 15 oz Flame Resistant Cotton Duck Screen, depending on which size you need. This product is made out of high quality grade, flame resistant cotton duck cloth that’s great
for general shop usage. This fabric is resistant to flame, water,
mold and mildew and should be set up when grinding and welding as protection against
sparks. This is a great product to have around your
work space to ensure that you’re keeping the potential fire risk down. It can even be used in a pinch to muffle small
fires. Though it is recommended to always have a
fire extinguisher on hand. The cotton duck screen also comes in various
sizes to customize your workspace and is a must have for all your welding projects. Well, that’s all the welding screen knowledge
I’m going to solder into your brain today. If you’re looking to find out more information
about or place an order for this product, you can phone in to your local Greggs order
desk or look it up on your IPART account! Have a good day and don’t forget to keep it
Canadian with Gregg Distributors!

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