We've rebooted our Facebook Group. If groups are your thing, join up and let's make it as amazing and friendly as our forums!

Click here for HSfB's Facebook Group Image

Arc Eye and UV/IR exposure

Discuss all things health and safety.

Moderator: Moderators

Post Reply
User avatar
Keith1983
Suitable and Sufficient since 1983
Suitable and Sufficient since 1983
Posts: 8313
Joined: Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:08 pm
Industry Sector: Engineering / Manufacturing
Occupation: H&S Coordinator
Location: Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire
Has thanked: 5 times
Been thanked: 8 times

Arc Eye and UV/IR exposure

Post by Keith1983 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:36 pm

Afternoon guys and girls. I've been left confused. I always thought that arc eye was caused by the exposure to high levels of UV light emitted when welding. I have been doing some research on our standard PPE for non-welders in areas where welding takes place. The manufacturer of our standard safety glasses tells me that the current model of glasses provide no IR protection and so people working closely to the welding operations would need an adequate level of IR protection. So is it UV/IR or both that cause arc eye? The welding specific safety glasses listed as being suitable for those working in close proximity but not carrying out welding come with an IR rating, yet the information I can find on arc eye says it is caused by UV so I'm a bit baffled. Any clarification would be much appreciated!
So when the whole world is safe..............what are we going to do then?

Steve M
Snr Member
Snr Member
Posts: 519
Joined: Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:28 pm
Industry Sector: Warehousing and distribution
Location: Bristol

Re: Arc Eye and UV/IR exposure

Post by Steve M » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:23 pm

I looked into this when they were welding on one of my sites, They were using shielding but there were places that were exposed.
I found in my Diploma books that the harmful light was reduced to a safe level very quickly after leaving the source, this was enough to stop me proceeding any further.

I will try and find the information again when I get time.

Steve

Post Reply

 

Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Find us on on LinkedIn

Terms of Use Privacy Policy