How to Protect Employees from Ultra Violet Energy from Welding

Exposure to UV energy from welding can cause burns to the eyes and skin. Arc flash, a feeling of sand in the eye, is caused by looking at the arc for even a few seconds. Repeated exposure can cause permanent eye damage. Cataracts also have been linked to long-term UV exposure in welding. The effects of UV can be limited by the following:
• Use a welding hood or goggles. Check the OSHA Fact Sheet for the specified kind of lens required. Hoods are available with a sensor that immediately turns the lens from clear to the proper shade when an arc is struck.
• Wear protective clothing such as gloves, fire resistant shirt, and a jacket with sleeves to protect against burns.
• Protect other welders and passerbys by using screens.

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