Safety goggles are just one element of personal protection equipment, but they shouldn’t be overlooked as part of your PPE standards. Nearly three out of five injured workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection during the accident.
The eyes of workers both through engineering controls and via 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 also can occur when nails or metal 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.
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.
Refer to the product section of the website or contact us directly on 011 467 7570 to purchase or select a wide range of safety goggles.