Safety Eyewear and Emergency Eyewash: Prevention and Preparation Matter

Non-compliance with protective eyewear and emergency eyewash safety standards is still a serious issue in the workplace, resulting in worker injury and hours of lost productivity. For a worker who partially or completely loses his or her sight, the personal cost of an eye injury is immeasurable in terms of a diminished quality of life, as well as lost wages and medical expenses. What may not be as obvious, though, are the staggering costs a company pays as a result of eye injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that workplace eye injuries can cost employers more than $934 million in direct and indirect costs each year. Taking the proper preventative measures before an accident happens is the first step in protecting employees’ eye health. These measures include understanding regulatory and facility safety requirements, providing and installing the proper equipment and adequately training facility managers and employees to help ensure safety is top of mind.

Choosing the Right Eye Protection

Everybody knows protecting your eyes is important, and eye protection can be a significant and visible first step toward having an effective overall safety program. The first step is to define the requirements and the specific eye protection needs of the workplace environment. This can be achieved through an analysis and hazard assessment of the work areas, job applications, access routes and the equipment itself. There should also be an examination of any past eye accident/injury reports to ensure problem areas have been addressed. Vision testing should also be a part of a company’s safety program, as uncorrected vision can be a contributing factor to injuries.

The eye protection chosen for specific work environments depends upon the nature and degree of the potential hazard, the circumstances of exposure and other personal and workplace factors. The ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard contains a selection chart that can help you choose recommended eye and face protection for particular job applications. This eye and face protection is generally of three different types: safety eyewear (spectacles), goggles or faceshields. The most common form of eye protection is safety spectacles that are designed with side protection and can resist an impact up to 150 feet per second.  For workers who also require vision correction, prescription safety frames with sideshields are also available, as are non-prescription over-the-glass (OTG) styles that can be worn in conjunction with regular prescription eyewear. Second, there are goggles, which form a protective seal around both eyes. There are two basic types of goggles; impact and chemical. Chemical goggles have hooded or indirect ventilation paths protecting the worker from chemical splashes. Impact goggles have direct ventilation holes and protect against direct impact or large particles. In addition, there are faceshields which are used in welding, grinding or sanding applications.  However, faceshields are considered secondary protection and must be worn in conjunction with protective eyewear or goggles.

Impact and splash protection, as mentioned above, are probably the first kind of hazards that come to mind when evaluating safety eyewear, but they are not the only consideration. Protection from types of invisible radiation should also be considered.  Where workers are exposed to harmful glare, ultraviolet or infrared radiation, tinted lenses or special filters are essential for protection. Tinted lenses also enhance visual perception by counteracting light distortion and preventing eye fatigue.  <Read More at Uvex Culture of Safety Blog>

New Uvex Stealth Reader Goggles

Uvex Stealth Reader Goggle

Uvex Stealth Reader Goggles feature a bifocal lens.

Bifocal Safety Glasses have been around for a few years now and have become extremely popular in the safety industry. They combine the required impact protection for the majority of today’s work environments and the convenience of reading glasses. However they do not provide adequate protection from liquid splash or large volumes of dust, these hazards are better left to goggles.  The problem with goggles in the past is they didn’t have bifocal versions, but Uvex has solved that problem.

The Uvex Stealth, one of the most popular goggles on the market, has expanded to include reading magnifier lenses. The first of its kind, the Uvex Stealth Reader Goggle offers modern design, technology and materials with and extensive range of five magnification strengths.  The Stealth Reader Goggle is a perfect match for someone who needs the protection of a goggle, but also needs magnification to see fine details or close-up inspection.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Five diopter strengths from +1.0 to +3.0 magnification.
  • Soft elastomer body conforms to facial contours for a secure, gap-free fit.
  • Low profile, wrap-around style provides excellent vision and complete coverage.
  • Wide adjustable headband with pivoting clips for a secure comfortable fit.
  • Economical lens replacement system
  • Meets ANSI Z87.1-2010
  • Certified to CSA Z94.3 standard.
  • Made in USA.

Video: How to install the Uvex Genesis Rx Insert

Uvex Genesis safety glasses have been around for many years and become very popular for good reason. They’re high quality, comfortable and made in the USA. Another reason is they have an optional Rx insert available, that allows a person to install custom Rx lenses into the Uvex Genesis. The Genesis Rx Insert has also become very popular, because the cost savings are dramatic and the level of protection provided by the Uvex Genesis series is far greater then traditional prescription safety glasses with sideshields.

We’re often asked how to properly install these inserts as the process can be tricky if not awkward. So here’s a short video demonstrating how to properly install your Uvex Genesis Rx Insert.