- CHOOSING SAFETY EYEWEAR
It is important that safety eyewear is manufactured to the European standard EN166 and to optical 1 in order for it to give the best possible protection. To help choose the right product of eyewear, style, lens coating and colour the following information will help you to select.
Safety eyewear must be able to withstand workplace hazards. Goggles should be used for protection against mechanical risk from high speed materials or particles, such as with grinding, cutting, explosive force or pressure from nail guns or compressed tools. Spectacle are for all other lower impact activities such as using hand tools or equipment.
The following craiteria should be considered.
TYPE OF HAZARD
Hazards fall into 4 main categories:
1. Mechanical - Flying debris, dust, or molten metal.
2. Chemical - Fumes, gases or liquid splash.
3. Radiation - Heat (infrared), ultraviolet light or glare.
4. Laser Light - Over a wide spectrum of wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared.
TYPE OF PROTECTION
1. Goggles - Can provide protection for all types of hazards. May be worn over spectacles.
2. Spectacles - Comfortable and available in a variety of styles. Will not keep out dust, gas or molten metal.
TYPE OF LENS
1. Clear - Suitable for general use.
2. Anti-Glare - Suitable for use in high glare situations such as finished concrete slabs in bright sun light.
3. Yellow - Suitable for those moving from light to dark environments.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Both employee and employer have a responsibility to keep all eye protection in good order. User instructions are provided and give cleaning and maintenance information. We provide a full range of products to help keep eyewear in optimum condition.
SAFETY EYEWEAR FOR GENERAL USE ONLY
All the safety spectacles in this section are graded as 1F. These may be worn for long periods and have a Low Energy Impact rating of Grade 2 (45m/s suitable only for general use). A variety of styles and tints is offered and flexibility of comfort and face fit.
Please refer to the products which detail the various lens options.
These glasses will not keep out dust, gas or molten metals and do not offer protection against high velocity impact. A task risk assessment must identify the required level of eye protection.