With the Safety Glasses, the majority of these injuries could be prevented reducing time away from work and increasing the employee’s wellbeing at work.
We would always recommend using safety glasses as part of a well thought out risk analysis and from that providing a suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) policy devised for the workplace of the employee(s).
There are a variety of options out there to protect the eyes and face. These include safety glasses, goggles, hybrid glasses, over specs and face shields.
For total eye protection using a pair of safety glasses underneath a face shield whilst working in a live electrical environment is the optimal solution. When in non-live electrical situations, the face shield can then be temporarily removed, and protection will still be in place with the safety glasses.
There are a large number safety glasses on the market. From an electrical point of view, you may want safety glasses that have either anti-static or contain non-conductive materials. Thus reducing the risk of electric arcs. The Samova safety Goggles are made entirely from polycarbonate and have a screw-less design. There are also the Bolle Bandido safety Goggles. They are also made of polycarbonate and have anti-static properties.
To increase the life of your safety glasses you should look at Bolle cleaning sprays and tissues that have anti-static properties.
The fit and comfort of the glasses are important for prolonged use. There are three levels of optical class. Optical class 1 being the best meaning the eyewear can be worn all day long without any distortion in vision. It’s also useful to have some kind of lanyard or strap for the glasses so they can be removed but kept close to hand for when next needed.
Full Face Shield.
If there is the potential for flying particles or electric arcs in the working environment the use of a face shield to protect the full facial area would be advisable. In a live electrical environment, it is advisable to wear a full face shield over either existing prescription glasses or safety glasses for added protection. The Bolle Sphere Face shield is particularly suited to this purpose.
Prescription Safety Glasses.
Custom made to order for the employee's prescription. Therefore these couldn’t be used by more than one employee. They come in single vision, bifocal, varifocal lenses and a variety of special coatings including tints, polarised and photochromic lenses. Could be worn as a replacement for existing prescription eyewear underneath a face shield when doing live electrical work.
If there are strong chemicals, airborne particles or mechanical equipment at work then either sealed or vented goggles would be advisable to use. Make sure that they have the right ratings for this kind of protection on the manufacturer's information. Some will fit over existing eyewear such as the Bolle Blast goggles. However, due to their size, they won’t fit under the full face shield. In this case, you could combine the goggles with the Bolle Blast visor for added protection.
Over Safety Glasses.
Good for visitors and VIPs in the workplace and can be worn over existing eyewear. However, they can’t then be worn in conjunction with a face shield. A popular model is the Bolle Squale Over Specs.
Hybrid Safety Glasses.
Useful when there are changing hazards in the area. The user would then be able to move from a traditional glasses style to use the glasses like a goggle. A good example of these is the Bolle Tracker II glasses that also come with a head strap. By using a head strap this allows for greater eye protection and convenience. These can be worn under a face shield when working in live electrical environments as well.