According to OSHA, there are more than 2000 eye injuries a day in the USA. 90% of those can be prevented by wearing the correct eyewear equipment.
Here are the 5 things you should know about choosing the right protection for you or your staff:
1. Coating: There are many options available in the market, what you should look for is Antifog and hard coat cover which prevents scratches.
Why is this so important?? Imagine you are trying to do your job but you can’t see clearly because your glasses are covered in fog. What do you do?, you remove them to clean them and boom….you are in risk of an accident, or ultimately, you get frustrated and remove them completely.
Now imagine your glasses are antifog, but you have scratches, then you will have limited visibility and that puts you again in risk of an accident.
Fogging and scratches are potential risk due to reduce visibility
You should also follow manufacturers recommendations to clean the lenses, some covers are sensible to alcohol or other common cleaners, which will make them fail, putting you in risk again.
2. Coverage: An easy evaluation of the risk involved in your job will give you an idea of the coverage you need, if you need coverage for chemicals its better to use safety goggles and reduce your risk, if your risk is debris you could probably use a stylish option
Now your risk, determine the coverage
3. Fit: Not all glasses fit everyone, you might need longer adjustable glasses, or smaller lenses. There is always and option and it’s very important to feel comfortable eyewear, to assure you will consistently use it all the time
4. Lens color: This has to do with the environment and also with eye fatigue. If you are working outside in a sunny environment you need a protection for your job risks, but also a protection against the sun that will ultimately, let you focus on your work; in this case you might need gray or black lenses.
In the other hand this same person working outside in a cloudy day, needs to change the lenses to clear ones to increase visibility.
If the worker is dealing with glare of any kind, he might need to use polarized lenses
5. Style: It is important to be safe, but it is also important that your workers want to use the eye protection. If they don’t like it, chances are they will not use all the time, specially if you are not looking.
Ask them what they want, it is true that stylish glasses are more expensive, but it is also true that accidents are more expensive
GPR Industrial / GPR Services