The Best of Safety Glasses USA 2011! Part 1

2011 Safety Glasses USA Blog Posts

2011 provided many informative articles about products, safety tips, new announcements and more.

In case you missed any of‘s fabulous and informative blogs this year, here’s Part I of a two-part recap of the best postings of 2011!

January: Mike Eldridge, President of Safety Glasses USA, kicked off the year with a review of a fascinating documentary, Celebrating 100 Years of Safety, that explores a century of workplace safety conditions.  A series of blogs followed about workplace safety today: who’s getting it right and who’s getting it horribly wrong.

February: Emergency eye wash and the best eyewear for the prevention of accidents were the theme of Mike’s posts this month.  He was quick to remind us that you can prevent eye emergencies and safeguard your employees by learning from your past mistakes, as well as those of others.  And two product reviews this month included Uvex’s Stealth Reader Goggles, goggles that provide excellent impact protection, plus the convenience of bifocal reading lenses; as well as a review of Smith Optics Elite Eyewear, perfect for both combat operations and military or law enforcement personnel in non-combat operations.

March: OSHA’s help for small businesses with crane and derrick rule compliance was offered in “Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction”.  Mike also reminded us how important scaffolding safety is.  If you’re unsure why safety regulations and guidelines are so important, then take a look at “What is the True Cost of an Eye Injury?” and never wonder again.  Another post this month asked whether you could be suffering from computer vision syndrome (CVS). If you experience eye strain, irritation, or temporary vision problems after prolonged screen time, you may be.  Computer safety glasses, such as Gunnar Optiks, are designed specifically to lessen strain, and advice on keeping those glasses clean and scratch-free is important as well.

April: Wiley-X Eyewear Featured in Reload Video Game” took center stage as the sole post this month, but some posts are just so good it takes an entire month to recover.

May: Mike continued his homage to Wiley-X with his post “Top 5 Reasons To Own Wiley-X Sunglasses”.  Their shatterproof lenses, unbreakable frames, clarity, facial cavity seals, and top down ventilation make these sunglasses an excellent choice for military, law enforcement, motorcyclists, professional shooters, fisherman, and others.  And speaking of tactical eyewear, if you’ve ever wondered “How To Identify Ballistic Rated Eyewear“, this blog will answer your questions.

June: This month’s blogs started out with a bang when Mike brought you “Fireworks Eye Safety Tips“; and then, how fishing can be even more enjoyable with a great pair of polarized sunglasses.  But Mike’s poor little typing fingers got a well-deserved rest when introduced blog contributor Ali Saporito.  Ali brought you more posts all about summer fun: bicycling essentials, motorcycle sunglasses and goggles,  PIP safety glasses for women, avoiding eye injuries in the summertime, and the importance of safety glasses for do-it-yourself weekend warriors.

July: Ali delivered a triple-header this month when she blogged about three ways to make life at work more comfortable and safe by wearing computer safety glasses, making sure to stand up and stretch at regular intervals, and keeping your workspace germ-free.  And if your job requires a great deal of reading while also wearing eye protection, “4 Real World Reasons to Wear Bifocal Safety Glasses” contains valuable information you don’t want to miss.  But all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy, so, if your free-time recreation is shooting, learn about lens color options in shooting safety glasses.

August: Yours truly joined the blogger family in August, and Ali and I combined forces with Mike to bring you posts this month all about eye safety.  We encouraged you to develop good eye safety habits — especially in the lab; highlighted the best safety glasses for dental professionals; updated you on the new eyewear rules for field hockey; provided you with a back-to-school safety checklist; and reminded you that safety glasses are an essential item in your home emergency kit.

And if you didn’t get enough great safety information, advice, and product reviews January through August, tune in next week for all the fun and surprises we delivered September through December!  Your comments are welcome below.

To be continued . . . .

Safety Glasses USA Gift Certificates Now Available

SGUSA Gift Certificate

SGUSA Gift Certificates are a great way to give the gift of safety.

Safety Glasses USA Gift Certificates are the perfect way to give the people you care about the gift of safety even if you don’t know what they want. Recipients can choose from a huge variety of safety eyewear, sunglasses, hearing protection, gloves, hard hats and much more. Safety Glasses USA Gift Certificates are valid for one year from the time of purchase, so they can buy something immediately or take their time to make up their mind, which makes gift cards perfect for any season.

SGUSA Gift Certificates are available in $10, $25 and $50 amounts.

Please note:
SGUSA Gift Certificates are not physical cards, they’re issued electronically via email. Please allow one business day for processing. The gift certificate confirmation will be emailed to the email address you designate during checkout. You can also enter an optional gift message during checkout.

How do I use a Safety Glasses USA gift certificate?

  1. Visit
  2. Browse for the items you’d like to purchase and add them to your shopping cart.
  3. Once you’ve added your items to your shopping cart, click the “Checkout” button.
  4. Locate the “Coupon Code / Promotional Code” field. Make sure that you enter the complete gift certificate code. It must start with the “@” sign. Click the “Apply” button to see the gift certificate applied to your order.
  5. If you have more than one gift certificate for a particular store, you may enter and apply these codes one at a time.
  6. If you have enough funds on the gift certificate to cover the cost of your order you won’t be required to enter any payment information.
  7. If you don’t have enough funds on your gift certificate to cover your entire order, you will be required to pay the remaining balance.

10 Considerations for Contact Wearers in an Industrial Environment

More than 34 million American wear some type of contact lenses.  Some people believe that wearing contacts provides an extra layer of protection for our eyes should an eye injury occur, but that just isn’t the case. In fact, contact lenses can increase the severity of some eye injuries and can themselves be the source of eye injury and infection. On the other hand, contacts can also be beneficial and even advantageous in some industrial environments. In fact, following established safety guidelines can make wearing contacts a possibility in most environments, even in industrial work environments.

Contact Lens Safety Considerations for Industrial Environments

Following established safety guidelines can make wearing contacts a possibility in most industrial work environments.

The following considerations can help companies develop a safety plan with regard to contact wearers in an industrial environment, and it can also help anyone wearing contacts keep eyes as safe as possible in the work environment.

  1. Contacts do not qualify as personal protective equipment. OSHA requires contact lens wearers to also wear industrial safety eyewear.
  2. Dry eyes due to low blink rate and air fed respirators can interfere with vision thus causing a safety hazard. Dry eyes can actually cause eyes to burn as they try to compensate for a lack of lubrication, and this can interfere with vision. Use artificial tears or deliberately increase blinking to keep eyes lubricated.
  3. Contacts can be worn with all types of respirators because they provide “the best visual ergonomics for users of full face respirator masks.
  4. According to the American Welding Association, “Wearing contact lenses poses no problem for welders in most normal situations.” In fact, OSHA, the FDA and the NSC have all found that claims by welders of contacts fusing to eyes could not have possibly happened.
  5. Contacts provide some benefit over wearing glasses. They do not slip down the nose or fog up. For these reasons, contacts may be a better option for some industrial workers.
  6. Certain situations may make avoiding wearing contacts necessary. Those situations include exposure to chemical fumes and vapors, potential for chemical splash, areas with increased dust or other flying particles, exposure to extreme infrared rays, intense heat and a dry atmosphere, and areas where caustic substances are handled. Note that some of these situations are hazardous for anyone, regardless if a person wears contacts or glasses or does not require corrective lenses.
  7. Major risk for soft contact lens wearers exist in environments where chemical splash is possible as well as in hot, dry environments. Some chemicals can pass through lenses while dry conditions can cause eye discomfort, and both situations can result in impaired vision and create an unsafe situation.
  8. Wearers of hard contact lenses have increased risk in dirty, dusty environments as well as when working with chemicals. Hard contacts can cause dirt or dust to wear down or rub on the cornea of the eye. In addition, chemicals can become trapped behind the lens, also causing harm to the cornea. For these reasons, “wearing of hard lenses may be more hazardous than soft contact lenses.
  9. Sudden loss (a contact “popping” out) of a contact poses obvious dangers, especially if the incident takes place when sight is crucial for safety. However, the same problem (loss of vision correction) could occur for those who wear glasses. However, contacts may be more difficult to replace and are easier to lose.
  10. The American Optometric Association (AOA) has stated that “improvements in lens materials, design, fitting and care procedures have eliminated many of the problems formerly associated with contact lenses.” The AOA further noted that contact lenses do not make eyes more susceptible to injury or make matters worse.

The American Optometric Association confirms that wearing contacts in the workplace does not increase risk of eye injury and may actually increase worker safety by improving vision with “a wider field of vision than eyeglasses” as well as a more comfortable fit for wearing with safety glasses and respirators. So, contact wearers can feel secure in knowing that when paired with the right safety eyewear, they are operating in the workplace with the best vision possible.

Let me know what you think and share your comments below.

Stay tuned for next week’s article on “10 Tips for Safe Wear of Contacts in the Workplace.”