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When to wear safety glasses and goggles

LESH safety glasses

According to Health and Safety Executive statistics 2016/17 eye injuries are common and can be very dangerous too!

The most common type of eye injuries occurs from objects or substances contaminating the eye, for example, bad planning/preparation for the job, incorrect or no PPE. Approximately 70% of eye injuries result from flying or falling objects and contact with chemicals causes approximately 20% of injuries (HSE, 2015/2016). That is why it is vital to have the right PPE to prevent such an occurrence, where the risk can’t be engineered out.

A very popular option, is the trendy looking Pyramex Proximity safety spectacle, this smart looking product boasts a range of top notch benefits such as anti-fogging lenses, flame resistant foam padding, scratch resistant lenses, lightweight and a curved lens which allows a snug fit around the whole lens. These spectacles are popular because they offer exceptional side protection leaving little or no gaps for dust and particles to get in, almost like a goggle! If you did need a google and still wanted to keep the good looks, the Pyramax Sport Goggle will do the trick, it’s amazing how compact these goggles are, gone are the bulky goggle days! When did safety start looking so good?

If you work outside, UV protection will be a priority for your eyes, the Univet 506UP safety spectacles tick all the boxes. These wrap around lenses give a panoramic vision which is idea for traders and hands on work!

Chemical resistant goggles will save your sight in the event of a nasty chemical splash, you do not want substandard kit protecting your eyes! Ultranova Safety Goggles Conforms to EN166-1-34BT and don’t look bad either. These are a comfy goggle offering full protection from a range of hazardous substances.

It is vital to ensure that protective eye wear is up to the job. The ‘K’ (anti-scratch) and ‘N’ (anti –mist) coating on the lens of the safety eye wear indicates a compliance with the standard set by EN 166. This is Basic Standard “Specifications” that covers all the basic requirements for safety eye wear and will be marked on the lens and frame accordingly. By EN laws all safety eye wear must have ‘K’ or ‘N’ marks, so any lenses lacking these symbols do not reach the required standard.