According to OSHA, there are about 2,000 eye injuries in the workplace every day. And almost 90% of those injuries can be prevented with the right eye protection. But not all eye protection is created equal—some is sufficient for some jobs while other jobs need an extra degree of protection. Here are some tips for investing in protective eyewear for your manufacturing placement.
Some lenses don’t have coating, which means they offer less protection and are cheaper. These lenses are fine for people briefly visiting or touring the work site, but aren’t enough to protect workers who are in more precarious situations all day long. They fog quickly and scratch easily, affecting one’s ability to see.
There are two ways to reduce fog and condensation on eyewear. Hydrophobic, water-fearing, lenses repel the condensation, causing water to bead and roll off the lens. Hydrophilic, water-loving, lenses do the opposite. They absorb the condensation so the water droplets to spread across the lens.
Pay attention to the cleaning instructions that accompany the eyewear. Most manufacturers offer pre-moistened cleaning wipes or spray. Alcohol or household cleaners either gradually remove the protective coatings or make the glasses so brittle that they’ll break easily, undermining their effectiveness. Some manufacturers opt for only the anti-fog coating or the scratch-resistant coating, which means that clear, unobstructed vision will still be a problem. It’s important to check with the manufacturer to see which coatings your glasses have and how to best clean them.
It seems that there are no safety glasses that will work for every circumstance. Eyewear should be worn any time debris has the potential to become airborne—nails, dust, chemicals, it’s all dangerous. There’s also the risk of workers walking into objects at eye level. Companies should offer multiple styles that will meet everyone’s needs.
Too much light can also be damaging to eyes—either sunlight, light that reflects off water or metal. Polarized lenses can help protect against the glare. A gray or mirrored lens can help protect against sunlight for outdoor workers, but those same workers would need clear lenses for overcast days work occasional work indoors. As you increase the tint, you subsequently increase the eye protection, but you also restrict the clarity of vision when the worker is away from the light.
What do your workers prefer?
You’re probably more likely to wear eye protection that you’ve researched and selected yourself. Choose options that, in addition to being cost-effective, will be the most protective. And for some intense jobs, you might find that face-shields are the best option to protect your face, especially if you’re dealing with heat, sparks, or chemical splashes. Test for fit and comfort. And don’t be stingy! Your eyes are one of your most important organs—it’s important to take good care of them!
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