Safety glasses provided an added security to workers that can be the difference between keeping your vision or losing it. There’s nothing worse than getting hurt because you weren’t wearing the proper protection.
Over half a million people injure their eyes on the job every year, injuries that would have been prevented if they were wearing safety glasses or goggles. Properly made safety eyewear, like the ones you can find at this link, are designed to take high-impact collisions with debris and not break. In fact, proper eye protection can stop up to 90% of all eye injuries, so when you think about it, it should be a no-brainer to wear some at all time in the workplace. Here’s a quick guide to modern eye protection.
Why Safety Goggles Work
All safety eyewear must conform to higher standards than your regular eyewear like contacts and glasses. Regardless of the size of the lenses, they must be able to withstand much more damage without breaking. This means that even if you have regular glasses that are highly durable, they do not meet the criteria of safety glasses.
All safety lenses must go through rigorous impact tests to make sure they conform to the standards. While the tests get very specific, each test involves dropping a steel ball onto the lenses, sometimes as fast as 43 meters a second. If the lenses can withstand the impact without shattering, then they are considered good enough to protect wearers from anything on the job site.
After the impact tests, safety eyewear receives a letter grade to let the consumers know that they are up to the proper standards.
Eyewear will receive a “+” rating if it passed the impact test adequately enough. This assures consumers that the eyewear can withstand almost anything that hits them so their eyes will be protecting in many different workplace environments.
Two other grades that eyewear will receive are “V” and “S.” These stand for “photochromic” and “shaded,” respectively, are designated for use with molten metals. The shading will protect the wearer’s eyes from the flash of welding or other bright work.
All of the markings are required to be permanent. If the eyewear doesn’t meet the standards, then a removable message must be applied so the buyer knows what they are getting.
Do You Need Safety Glasses?
While there is a good chance that your employer will tell you whether or not you need safety glasses — employers can be liable if they don’t disclose the dangers of the workplace — you should still know yourself whether you need them or not.
If you work in the fields of carpentry or plumbing or work with machines in general, then it’s a good idea to wear eye protection. You never know when something can go wrong and cause eye damage, even if you’ve done it many times before.
Don’t let your eyes get ruined because you’re not wearing the proper eye protection.
About the Author: Matthew Goodwin has worked as an industrial safety officer for several years. He is taking to the web to share his tips and thoughts on keeping workers safe.