Our latest toolbox talk, where we shine a light on the critical topic of welder’s flash. As we delve into the world of welding, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks associated with this essential trade. Welder’s flash, also known as arc eye or photokeratitis, is a painful condition caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted during welding processes.
What is Welder’s Flash?
Welder’s flash stands as a prevalent occupational hazard faced by professional welders, resulting from insufficient eye protection during welding activities. Neglecting preventive measures can lead to the occurrence of welder’s flash, primarily induced by the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) light on the eyes.
UV light possesses the potential to cause significant harm to the eyes, specifically targeting and burning the protective mucus membrane. The eyes rely on this layer of mucus for lubrication and defence against dryness. In cases of welder’s flash, the UV light emitted during welding arcs causes damage to this membrane, resulting in inflammation.
Common symptoms associated with welder’s flash encompass:
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye pain
- Redness of the eyes
- Excessive tear production
- Temporary blindness
Prevention for welder’s flash:
- Safeguarding the cornea from UV light by wearing coated safety goggles.
- Consistently wearing a welder’s mask during welding activities, ensuring the goggles adhere to Australian Standards and comprehensively cover the eyes.
- Choosing sunglasses that provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, verified through label inspection when making a purchase.
- Avoid areas where welding is taking place if you are not wearing the correct PPE
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