Know the Basics

While knowing Why You Should Wear Safety Eyewear along with When You Should Wear Safety Eyewear is important, they may not matter much if you don’t know how to select the right safety eyewear. That process includes three basic but essential steps.

  1. Look for ANSI Z87.1 certification. 

    This certification indicates eyewear provides protection from impact, non-ionizing radiation, and liquid splash exposure. While it exists as a workplace standard, making ANSI Z87.1 a minimum standard for safety eyewear at home and during recreation makes sense.

  2. Know common safety hazards.

    Hazards involve any potential danger or risk, which exist just about everywhere. The most common risks are low and high-velocity impacts, heat, chemicals dust and optical radiation. Safety eyewear with various features exists to protect against each of these, so take the time to learn the hazards near you.

  3. Assess the activity.

    Now take some time to analyze the specific activities you’re involved in. Look for the common hazards. Then, buy eyewear specifically meant to protect against those dangers. For some, purchasing multiple pairs of safety eyewear or convertible eyewear is necessary. Others, like welders and laser technicians, need very specific protection. However, standard safety eyewear suits most people’s needs adequately.

ANSI Marking On Lens

ANSI Z87.1-2015 product markings on a pair of Bolle Safety Glasses.

Consider Your Options

Choosing the right options assures that you’ll select the right safety eyewear for your particular situation. The right combination of options also makes consistently wearing safety eyewear more likely. After completing the assessment above, consider the following options available in safety eyewear.

  • Lens Coatings

    Lens coatings make eyewear more versatile and last longer. Some of the most common are Anti-scratch and Anti-fog. Be sure to choose anti-fog eyewear if varying temperatures and high humidity are regular concerns.

  • Lens Tints

    Every lens tint serves a particular purpose. Options range from clear lenses for normal working conditions to gray for partial sunlight in some indoor applications to photochromic lenses that darken in outdoor light. You can even get eyewear with interchangeable lens tints.

  • Fit, Fashion & Function

    You’re more likely to wear safety eyewear that fits properly, looks fashionable and functions seamlessly. Achieving fit, fashion, and function involves choosing among options like wraparound or traditional frame styles and almost endless colors. Make sure you’re comfortable with the eyewear you want since you’ll have to wear them for extended periods of time.

  • Reading Glasses

    Many people over 40 need reading glasses while wearing safety eyewear. Bifocal Safety Glasses are perfect for those who need safety glasses and bifocals a lot. Another option, Stick-On Bifocals, apply quickly to any pair of glasses or goggles and are easily removed and installed to other eyewear if needed.

  • RX options

    People requiring prescription eyewear have 3 solid options. First, prescription eyewear purchased from an optometrist. Second, Over-Prescription Safety Glasses that fits over regular prescription glasses. Over-Rx glasses even offer various lens tints and coatings. Third, Safety Glasses with Rx Inserts. These are filled with your prescription then installed behind the main lens of your chosen safety glasses.

SmartLens Photochromic Safety Glasses

3M SmartLens Photochromic lenses shown in light and darkened states.

Ask for Help

Since there are so many options available for safety glasses, choosing the right ones might seem overwhelming. Fortunately, Safety Glasses USA makes the process easy by listing their protective eyewear by feature, activity type, and common hazards. They also list them by style and brand. That means you can go through the recommendations above to decide your needs as well as your preferences and then quickly browse their selection to select the right safety eyewear for you.

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By | 2017-06-02T17:52:36+00:00 December 5th, 2016|All Posts, Featured Post, Safety Tips|0 Comments

About the Author:

Michael Eldridge is a US Marine Veteran and the founder of SafetyGlassesUSA.com. He’s passionate about protective eyewear and promoting vision safety. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, fishing, CrossFit, mountain biking, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.

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