Although we all tend to think we’re familiar with the concept of safety glasses and safety goggles, there are actually a number of easily overlooked differences and options available that could easily make a huge amount of difference in terms of the effectiveness of safety glasses, their longevity, suitability and comfort.
Some differences can also greatly affect the ability of a worker to carry out his or her work in certain conditions. Some dangers are obvious and very visible, but other dangers can be completely invisible and ignored.
In this article we’ll be looking at a range of safety glasses, considering styles and options which may appear fairly superficial and relatively unimportant, yet we’ll also be seeing just how much impact these differences can have on the effectiveness and suitability of the safety glasses.
In this way you may be better informed when it comes to selecting the most suitable safety goggles and safety glasses for your business, your line of work or even your hobby.
Most people are aware of the immediate and apparent differences between safety goggles and safety glasses, with safety goggles often being designed along similar lines to ski goggles. Safety goggles offer complete protection from all angles, and provide effective protection in cases where sparks, liquid or fragments could strike the eyes from several different angles.
Safety glasses often don’t provide much in the way of eye protection in situations where shards or fragments could strike the eye from underneath or from the side, and the same is true when it comes to liquids being splashed. If there is any risk of the eyes being damaged in such ways then it will be important to make sure that safety goggles are provided which offer this full protection from the front, the sides and both above and below the eye region.
Unless prescription safety glasses are provided, those employees who need to wear normal prescription glasses at work will need to wear safety goggles which fit over the top of their glasses. In some cases it has been know for businesses to make an exception for those people who wear normal glasses, yet in many cases not only do standard spectacles not offer any protection from the sides or below the eyes, but the glass or plastic used to make the lenses will not have been treated to provide the same level of protection as that offered by safety glasses.
Safety goggles and safety glasses will be made from an entirely different material known as polycarbonate which has a much higher level of durability and resistance to such things as chemicals, hot liquids, acidic and alkaline substances, splinters, metal shards and other dangers which could result in damage to the eye.
In such cases safety goggles are essential. But what of the safety glasses that are available which don’t offer this same full protection – what level of safety do they offer, and what dangers or risks do they help to minimise?
One of the many types of safety glasses available are amber shades or amber coloured safety glasses. Amber is known to be especially good at helping to improve the contrast and clarity of vision in conditions where light is weak or poor, such as during the early morning, evening or in conditions where light is not especially good.
Amber safety glasses help improve contrast and clarity, enabling workers to perform tasks more effectively, more accurately and with greater ease than might be possible when relying on normal vision alone.
Many drivers choose to wear amber glasses when driving in the early morning or evenings, and even at night.
Grey tinted safety glasses are also available, but these work unlike normal sunglasses or shades. Industry recognised grey tinted safety glasses do not cause as much deterioration of clarity and contrast and normal shades do, helping to simply reduce glare and brightness without simultaneously lowering clarity and contrast.
If working outside it might also be advisable to choose grey tinted safety glasses which have UV protection, as this is another danger that’s often overlooked until too late. Working outdoors exposes eyes to severe UV radiation which can result in damaged eyesight and even blindness.
By purchasing industry recognised UV protective tinted safety glasses, comfort and convenience are provided without the loss of clarity often associated with even well known branded sunglasses.
It is important to be aware that safety glasses are available for a very wide range of dangers, many of which can easily be overlooked – but overlooking itself is a privilege only afforded to those who have not had their eyesight damaged through not having suitable safety glasses.