Choosing The Right Safety Glasses

Construction worker with safety glasses and hard hat tying rebar

What’s the most important feature in choosing safety glasses?

Even with all of the safety features that modern safety glasses offer, the most important feature to look for is comfort and fit. A comfortable, good fitting pair of safety glasses promotes compliance. If the pair you choose doesn’t give you both, you’ll probably find reasons to not wear them.

Are there comfort features to look for in safety eyewear?

Everybody’s head has its own shape and size, and fit is a personal thing, so adjustability is a big plus. Better frames feature adjustable nose pads and a choice of temple lengths. And don’t forget to look for rubber cushioned temple tips. They’re a big help in keeping glasses in place and relieving pressure points.

What are the important safety features of better frames?

Generally, you want frames that offer as much coverage as possible. Wrap-around sport-styled frames provide great coverage and a cool look. Ratcheting temples offer the ability to pivot coverage of your brow and cheekbones. Vented frames are a key feature too because they keep lenses fog free.

Is one pair of safety glasses good for all types of jobs?

If you’re just getting one pair of safety glasses, be sure that they offer the highest UV ray protection you can get and are clear or lightly tinted so they are usable indoors or outside. And it’s best to choose the vented frames to be sure your vision will be fog-free when you’re in the middle of a task.

Are there lenses that are best for working on jobs indoors?

Clear frames are always a good choice for working inside, but there are even better choices out there. Special amber lenses and shooter’s amber styles are specifically designed to enhance contrast and keep eye strain to a minimum in low light conditions.

Are there lenses that are best for working on jobs outside?

If you spend most of your time working outside then a high UV-A and UV-B ray protection lens is a must have. Mirrored lens coatings are a good choice too because they really cut down on glare. There are a wide variety of tinted or colored lenses to choose from that enhance depth perception or just cut down the brightness of sunshine.

What if I’m working in close proximity to welding or heavy cutting?

Top selling safety eyewear brands offer highly specialized frames with lenses featuring 3.0 IR or 5.0 IR filters that can give you some extra protection if you’re working in an area where welding, light brazing or heavy cutting takes place. Of course, if you’re doing the welding yourself you’ll need welding-specific googles or masks to perform the task safely.

 


Check out these links for more information on Eye Protection on the jobsite check out these links:

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/eye/default.html

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