Things to know before you buy a laser barrier curtain

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An effective laser barrier curtain block and filter the laser beam that comes through a controlled area. These laser barrier curtains help in confining the Class 3b and Class 4 laser lights in the designated area, ensuring maximum permissible exposure in a workplace. A laser barrier curtain possibly limits the laser light’s effect on people working in the periphery of the emitted light source.

While looking to buy a laser barrier curtain, there are certain things that you should know. Even though they aren’t much of a bank breaker, pre-information definitely helps you decide which type of barrier you need to get for your workplace.

They aren’t a replacement for protective gears.

Even though the laser barrier curtain effectively confines the laser lights in a certain area, you shouldn’t think of them as a replacement for other protective gears–laser protective eyewear, PPE, etc.  

Know the type of fabric

Before getting a laser barrier curtain, know about the fabric of the curtain. If your workplace requires higher wattage of protection, then you will presumably need thicker curtains. These thicker PVCs have better absorptive polycarbonate fillers, which can disperse and contain higher wattage lasers and beams.

Most buyers do not know how much wattage of laser beam they produce. This leads to the dilemma of buying the right fabric. Also, the seller will have a hard time figuring the customer’s need, and the deal ends up being a lopsided one. So, know the radiation or wattage of energy your workplace emits and start asking the right questions to your seller.

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Based on where you keep it

If your barrier is a free-standing poll, you need to get a suitable curtain accordingly. The wall laser barrier curtains are another type of curtains that you need to stick to the wall using an adhesive.

If your operating place is small and requires trained personnel to be behind the curtain during the procedure, then a free-standing curtain is the one you have to get. These free-standing barrier curtains can be folded along with the barrier frame and are portable. You can use them only when the need arises.

In some places, the laser barrier curtains can also be mounted or suspended on a wall or ceiling, depending upon the laser operating room requirement.

Design based on use

Laser barrier comes in every form of shapes and sizes. They range from fully enclosed rectangle to free-standing closure. We recommend that you get a curtain that spans from ceiling to bottom for full-proofing the work area from lasers.

The operation of the laser also depends upon the type of curtain you have to buy. E.g., if there will be trained laser personnel working in it, you need to enclose the entire area with a rectangular laser barrier curtain. The free-standing laser won’t be a suitable choice in such a laser operating environment.

If your workspace doesn’t demand the use of laser curtains daily, then the free-standing laser is the preferred choice. They are mobile and can be placed in the store when not in use. They provide extra space when not in use, making the workplace more spacious. 

Take measurements beforehand

Often the buyers misjudge the size of the barriers and curtains. Therefore, take correct measurements of your laser operating area and then only proceed towards a custom ordering of the laser barrier curtains.

Along with the length and breadth, take measurements of the ceiling’s height to prevent any escapade of laser lights. It is required when you are planning to make a fully enclosed laser operating place.  

A custom made laser barrier curtain is an exact fit for your desired operating room. These custom made curtains are rarely misfits, and they won’t leave any room for leakage of the beams compared to readymade laser barrier curtains. So, provide proper measurements to your supplier and have them made custom-fit for your workplace.

Opt for a safety mechanism

Some laser barrier curtains have safety mechanisms, protecting from sudden exposure while entering the laser operating place. These curtains are connected with the power supply of the laser, technically with the barrier itself. And when someone tries to enter or exit the place, the safety mechanism automatically deactivates the laser, protecting the person from being exposed to radiation.

Though these additional safety mechanisms cost a bit more than the usual curtains, they protect against unforeseen workplace accidents. However, you can install them only if your laser operating place demands utmost protection.

Making other employees aware of the radiation impact

Making employees aware of the harmful impact of radiation is one thing you should do in your workplace. This will make people mindful of radiation hazards and won’t trifle when being near a laser operating room. You can paste stickers on the laser barrier curtain with a warning so that the passerby’s will notice it and be alert when nearby. So, we insist you ask your seller for the stickers when you buy a laser barrier curtain.   

Protective gears should always be available by the side of the curtain

Buying only a laser curtain won’t protect you from radiation. Additional gears like safety glasses, PPE and masks should be put on the side of the curtain for those who are about to enter the laser operating room.

We at Trax Industrial curtains manufacture every kind of barrier curtains for every industry. Our barrier curtains have been used in laser control rooms, surgical rooms, industrial manufacturing, military testing, dental operating facilities, laser window treatments, electronics manufacturing facilities, etc. If you have any further query and interests in laser barrier curtain, feel free to live-chat with us, or you can reach us through a call.     

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