When you are at work, your safety and the safety of those around you is top priority. Having the correct type of industrial safety eyewear is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can have. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says that about 2,000 workplace eye injuries that require medical treatment happen in the U.S. every day. Many of these injuries likely could have been prevented would have been from choosing the correct industrial safety eyewear.
Here at Friedman Eye Care, we want you to be fully educated on what type of industrial safety eyewear is right for you. Here are 10 things to consider when choosing industrial safety eyewear:
- Material of the lens: You want to make sure that your lenses don’t become scratched or broken while in use. Polycarbonate lenses are preferred in many types of industrial safety eyewear because they are lightweight and bulletproof, providing excellent impact and scratching resistance.
- Fit: Consider adjustable industrial safety eyewear to ensure that they fit comfortably and securely. Eyewear that is too large, too small or uncomfortable is more often left aside and not used properly.
- Fashion: Fashion may not be something you thought of when you consider industrial safety eyewear, but many workers are more likely to wear it if it looks good. Many safety glasses are designed to look like stylish sunglasses, increasing compliance and confidence in workers.
- Function: Again, consider your environment, and identify potential hazards that surround you. Consider what function your industrial safety eyewear needs to provide. Will it be protecting against debris, chemicals, or harmful light? Will it be used indoors, outdoors or both?
- Tinting: Different industries require different tinting to industrial safety eyewear, depending on the tasks performed. You don’t want your tinting to be too dark, restricting visibility, or too light, allowing too much UV light to penetrate the eyes.
- Side guards: Consider whether your industrial safety eyewear is in need of side guards to protect from flying debris or sparks. Side guards come with vents to allow air flow and solid construction to cover the sides completely.
- High velocity impact: This is an industrial test where frames and lenses are shot with a quarter-inch steel ball at multiple angles and velocities to test their durability should the industrial safety eyewear become impacted.
- Fogging: Are you in cold and warm environments through the day? Does your temperature vary with work site location? Are you subject to high-humidity environments? Consider anti-fog coatings to prevent your industrial safety eyewear from fogging up and making it difficult to see clearly.
- Durability: Whether you wear prescription or non-prescription eyewear, consider how durable your frames are. Thinner prescription frames and lenses are not designed to hold up to industrial environments. Choosing a strong pair of industrial safety eyewear can keep your safety equipment from breaking, melting or corroding in the event of an accident.
- Work environment: Consider your environment when choosing your safety eyewear. Are you working with flying debris, equipment, or substances that can cause burns? Are you around individuals who are welding, cutting branches, extreme heat, or using chemicals? Consider side protection to prevent splashes and sparks when welding, side vents to keep air flowing when working around chemicals, enhanced nose pieces designed to keep sweat from rolling into your eyes, or polycarbonate lenses to prevent flying debris to damage lenses.
Remember to carefully consider your industrial safety eyewear needs to ensure that you and your employees have the protection needed for a safe working environment. Contact us at Friedman Eye Care today and let us help you discover the best industrial safety eyewear for you.