Welding without proper eye protection can produce serious eye injuries. The easiest way to prevent these injuries is by using the proper eye protection. However, it is important to understand that there are many factors that contribute to welders using ineffective eye protection. These factors include:
- Inadequately maintained lenses
- Reduced perception of risk
- Pride or vanity
- Prescription lenses under welding equipment
Recognizing the Risks
While the most common welding eye injuries are caused by molten or cold metal particles that fly off during grinding, chipping or cooling processes, there are other risks to consider. The radiation and light produced by a welding arc can cause both temporary and permanent eye damage. The ultraviolet radiation produced when welding is not only a danger to welders. Workers up to 50 feet away can suffer damage from the radiation reflecting off shiny surfaces.
Preventing Eye Injuries
Comprehensive education on the risks associated with welding and appropriate protection gear is essential to preventing eye damage. The proper equipment for welders and workers in the vicinity includes:
- Helmets (with properly cleaned and maintained lenses)
- Protective clothing
- Welding curtains to minimize reflection
Understanding the possible risks and the best ways to protect workers will result in a safer workplace with a reduced injury rate. Contact Mobile Industrial Welding Supply to find the eye protection you need for welding.