Electricity Is Everywhere
In today’s modern world, electricity is so commonplace that it’s easy to forget it’s there. This invisible energy runs unseen through millions of miles of wiring to an uncountable number of devices, machines, and electronics. And, from time to time, these devices break or require maintenance. Which means someone has to fix them.
When working with electrical power, prevention is vital for avoiding serious consequences. Before working with or around electrical components, perform a proper risk assessment. Stay away from electrical wires and cords while working. And turn off the electrical supply (Lockout Tagout) when working directly with wiring or machinery.
Proper PPE (personal protective equipment) should be worn when working on or around electrical equipment. Dielectric safety glasses, which feature non-conductive frames and contain zero metal parts reduce the risk of injury during electrical exposure.
What Does Dielectric Eyewear Mean?
Dielectric safety glasses are made with a non-conducting frame and have no metal parts, insulating against electricity. Wearing non-conducting safety gear reduces the chances of an accidental electrical discharge and helps to minimize injury during an electrical accident.
Who Should Wear Dielectric Safety Eyewear?
Dielectric protective eyewear is recommended for anyone working around electrical hazards, including electrical linemen, electronic repair technicians, battery maintenance and testing personnel, mechanics, and industrial machine repair technicians. Keep in mind that additional safety equipment may be required for specific situations. Make sure you perform a thorough risk assessment before performing any electrical work.
Dielectric Eyewear At Home
Dielectric safety glasses are a great option in the home, especially for the hobbyist or handyman, adding an extra level of protection against electrical shock. When choosing safety glasses, be sure they are ANSI Z87.1 certified and have a wraparound lens to provide a near-perfect orbital seal. Safety glasses that provide this seal helps protect against flying objects such as fragments when cutting wires, sparks, and other flying particles.
Top 5 Dielectric Safety Glasses
Crews Law 2: A lightweight dielectric frame and wraparound lens offers an uninterrupted field of vision, paired with a greater coverage area to help prevent side impact. Available in various lens tints for almost every application, with a soft nosepiece and TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber) temple inserts.
Bolle Prism: Ultra-lightweight dielectric frame and superior optical quality with anti-scratch and anti-fog lens coatings.
Pyramex Endeavor Plus: Extremely lightweight and durable protective eyewear. They feature a unique dielectric hinge design that contains no metal parts. The curved, co-material temples allow for comfortable all-day wear, while the 9.5-base wraparound lens gives you excellent side protection from impacts and debris. Available in multiple frame & lens colors.
Pyramex Trulock: Weighs only 21 grams. The dielectric frame features a unique hinge design with soft nylon temples that lock into place. Available in multiple lens colors.
Pyramex Cappture: Designed to fit over your prescription eyewear. Featuring temples that extend from the browbar, these dielectric OTG safety glasses offer the ability to customize your fit for the perfect comfort level. Available in multiple lens colors. And provides an optional lens gasket for increased dust and airborne particle protection.
Electricity Is Serious Business
Working with and around electricity is dangerous. A proper risk assessment, prevention protocols, and appropriate protective safety equipment such as dielectric eyewear are critical components in preventing or minimizing severe electrical injury.