Safety goggles shouldn’t be overlooked as part of your Personal Protection Equipment equipment. Statistics show nearly three out of five injured workers are not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job during the accident.
Protect the eyes of employees through engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety goggles; glasses; hybrid eye safety products, which combine the comfort of glasses with the side protection of goggles; face shields, face masks, mould masks; full-face respirators; and welding helmets.
Injuries can occur when nails, metal or other objects penetrate the eyeball, which can result in severe damage to the eye. Blunt force traumas caused by objects striking the eyes or from a worker running into an object are another threat, as are chemical burns from splashes of industrial chemicals or cleaning products. Welders, their assistants and nearby workers are also at risk for thermal burns and UV radiation burns from the welder’s flash.
The majority of workplace eye injuries are caused by small particles or objects (such as metal slivers, wood chips or dust) striking or abrading the eye, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Comfort in Safety Goggles
The role of comfort in safety goggles cannot be underestimated either as research has shown that comfort, as well as style, helps drive compliance with PPE-wearing protocols.
As with other types of PPE, protective eyewear/safety goggles won’t protect workers if it stays on the shelf or is worn on top of workers’ heads. So it is essential that protective eyewear be comfortable enough for a worker to wear it throughout the day.
Comfort enhancing features that you should look for include cushioned brows, comfortable gel nosepieces or padded nose bridges, vented frames, flexible or ratcheted temples and lenses with adjustable angles. KTF Africa offers a wide variety of safety goggles, footwear and gloves for industrial use.