High-quality, durable clothing and accessories are essential for all people working in accident-prone areas, industries, and warehouses. Safety glasses are an important part of the overall kit. They provide protection to the eyes and prevent injuries that might be caused by splinters or dust.
Statistics show that every day, more than 2000 eye-related injuries are reported. This results in substantial financial expenditure and loss of production time. In addition, there is no amount of monetary compensation that can cancel the damage. Eye injuries are mostly caused by a lack of eye use or no protection at all.
Eye injuries are mainly caused by foreign objects or chemical splashes. The type of glass needed for the two purposes is different. People who wear glasses to protect their eyes from splinters suffer from a false sense of security because they think that these glasses can also protect their eyes from harmful chemicals and smoke.
OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that employees must be provided with adequate protective equipment for their faces and eyes if they are forced to work in unintentional situations. Eye-wear must be fit and not obstruct vision or movement.
Safety Glasses: Different Types and Their Use
Direct Vented Glasses: These glasses ensure that there is environmental air circulation into the glasses. This can be used in situations where any type of chemical hazard or gas smoke is not involved.
Indirect Vented Glasses: These glasses have a ventilated or closed hood that ensures fresh air circulation while preventing the entry of chemicals and liquids directly. The main purpose of indirect ventilation is to ensure that there is no damage caused directly to the eye by smoke and liquid chemicals. These glasses can be used in situations where there is a possibility of danger and injury from chemical hazards.
Non-Vented Glasses: Such glasses do not allow any form of circulation and protect the eyes from fog, liquid, vapor, and dust. These glasses can protect the eyes from the damage that might be caused by flying objects, such as splinters, wood particles, etc.
However, these glasses are not gas resistant and will fail to provide adequate protection for eyes in dangerous gas situations.
Appropriate training aims to educate employees and enable them to identify certain types of hazards that are questioned. Employees can determine the types of hazards they must face and the security measures needed:
- Potential Danger: The type of protection required.
- Impact Injury: Safety glasses that have a side shield protection feature.
- Dust Protection: Directly ventilated glasses or direct ventilated glasses provide adequate protection against the harmful effects of dust.
- Chemical Splash: Unventilated or indirect ventilated goggles with side protective protection suitable for the purpose of avoiding chemical splashes.
- Optical Radiation: In such cases, special filtered glasses, such as laser eye-wear will provide adequate protection.
- Heat Hazard: Safety glasses and face shields are needed for the purpose of protecting the eyes and face from burns or other damage caused by high temperatures.
Clean And Maintain Safety Glasses
The longevity of safety glasses is greatly extended if they are cleaned regularly after use and stored properly. If the glasses have anti-fog lenses, they must be careful not to scratch the surface and cause damage. It is best to remove dust particles as softly as possible, and then let the lens dry by itself. In this way, the possibility of causing damage is minimized.
Safety goggles are an important part of the protective equipment used by firefighters, rescue workers, and industrial workers. They provide protection to the eyes and adjacent areas of the face from the heat, debris, dust, chemicals, and steam. This is very necessary for the purpose of maintaining a high level of safety when working in potentially hazardous work conditions.