Each year, many people suffer from eye injuries at work or in their home, and even while playing sports. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your employees from debilitating eye injuries is to invest in industrial safety eyewear. Unlike regular glasses or sunglasses, industrial safety eyewear is held to rigorous testing standards for impact and durability.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces these standards in the workplace, but the standards are actually created by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standards are updated as new research comes to light about eyes and eye protection. The standards are applied to many different types of eye protection devices, including welding helmets and face shields, as well as eyeglasses and goggles.
Certain occupations are more inherently hazardous and require superior protection. These include laborers, machinists, plumbers, millwrights and carpenters, among others. For the best protection available, you should invest in industrial safety eyewear that has passed high-impact testing. These tests involve the lenses and frames together. A steel ball with a quarter-inch diameter is shot at the eyewear at 150 feet per second. To pass the test, the eyewear cannot chip, crack or break and the lenses cannot be dislodged from the frames. Other tests the eyewear must pass include tests for resistance to corrosion, flammability resistance and a high mass impact test.
Industrial safety eyewear may also be appropriate for certain active sporting activities, including fishing, hunting, shooting, golfing and paintball or airsoft. There are a wide variety of designs available, so you are sure to find something that works for your needs. Industrial safety eyewear can be prescription, nonprescription and can even include bifocal or multifocal lenses.