Nearly every industry has some risk of eye injury. Different job sites require different types of safety wear depending on the hazards. There are so many different kinds of glasses on the market, that it can be overwhelming to find the most suitable pair. When selecting a pair of safety glasses there are many factors to take into consideration.
Types of hazards at your job site
Jobs that involve machinery that can expel debris and particles into the air pose a high risk for eye safety. Small particles from metal and wood can come into contact with your cornea and cause serious injuries.
When working outside it is important to protect your eyes from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Not all eyewear has this kind of protection, so you need to find glasses that have UV protection. Also, those working around torches, lasers, and other extremely bright lights require specific eyewear.
Working with chemicals puts you at high risk for different types of injury. Contact with chemicals accounted for nearly 1/5 of workplace eye injuries. Chemical fumes and splatters puts workers at risk
Having safety glasses with low durability is not only frustrating but also puts you at higher risk of injury. If your glasses break in the middle of the shift then you likely will not be able to continue working until you find a replacement. Lenses should be made from polycarbonate so they cannot be pierced by broken debris.
Looking for lenses that are scratch-resistance will help with the longevity of the product. Glasses can easily get scratched up while traveling in a tool bag or while protecting you from foreign materials. Look for lenses that have been treated in diamond-like carbon (DLC) and polycrystalline diamond. Investing in durable, anti scratch lenses will be worth it in the long run.
Having safety glasses with side protection is required when working around flying debris. Goggle-style glasses typically offer maximum eyewear protection. Some goggles tend to fog up which can get in the way of your work. However, there are many light-weight options available and lenses that have anti fog coatings.
When your job requires you to wear safety glasses for an extended period of time, comfort becomes so important. There are a wide variety of different types of frames and designs to fit your unique face. We also recommend finding a company that offers custom sizing to ensure the most comfortable fit.
If your company poses risks of eye injury, then contact C-Mor Safety. We specialize in providing high-quality safety glasses to fit your company’s specific needs. Employee safety is our number 1 concern, and we want to make sure you can have peace of mind knowing your employees are protected.