Whether it’s a daily job, secondary career choice, a personal hobby, or home maintenance that finds you working as a chimney sweep, doing woodworking, sculpting, eye protection is not usually the first priority when it comes to selecting personal protection equipment. Your eyes, very much like your lungs, are irreplaceable and there is no second chance one the damage is done.
The numbers speak for themselves. According to OSHA, over 800,00 Americans suffer from some kind of eye injury every year, with total vision loss making up a significant percentage of those injuries. Given the rate of injury, it’s safe to say that there is a lack of proper eye protection in use across this country.
Many people rely on ANSI-rated safety glasses for proper protection and there are a wide variety of them readily available on an abundance of websites. When choosing an appropriate pair, it is important to identify their protection level, how to care for them, and most importantly; the appropriate fit.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
• Safety glasses are divided into two protection groups: Basic and High impact. It is important to choose a pair that fall into the High Impact category when working around dust and debris thrown off by power-tools and other machinery.
• Make sure the glasses have some form of wraparound lens for lateral protection. You wouldn’t want anything coming at you from the side.
• Replace scratched lenses immediately to avoid risk of them cracking during use.
• Store in a well-protected case to prevent any potential damage to the frame. Any bending may cause fitment issues.
• When worn with a half-mask or dusk mask, glasses can fog up, which is a hazard. Seeing clearly is pretty important to keeping yourself out of harm’s way. Look for a pair with built in ventilation or anti fog coating.
• Sliding: If the glasses are constantly moving around it’s likely that you won’t want to wear them and will instead look at them sitting comfortably in your tool box.
• If you find there is a space between your face and the glasses, make sure you’re able to add some level of foam padding to the glasses in order to fit to your needs. If you’re working with chemicals, then consider a pair of goggles to ensure complete security around the face.
• If glasses are not comfortable, then there is a 99% chance you will not wear them and a 99% chance you’ll regret it.
Whether you are in the market for a pair of safety glasses/goggles to go with our disposable masks or you’re looking at our Filterspec Pro or Powercap Active (both have built in anti- fog eye safety protection along with superior respiratory protection); its important to take quality and fit into consideration.bWe want you to see what you’re doing.
Stay safe out there. – Peke
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