Safety eyewear is fast becoming one of the most important aspects of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The reason is obvious: eyesight is incredibly valuable and easy to protect. So, why wouldn't you?
This line of thinking has caused a growing trend towards 100% of workers wearing safety eyewear in areas deemed hazardous.
But is this really the best solution? Let's investigate...
A False Economy?
The rationale behind dishing out protective eyewear to everyone on site is understandable.
You've carried out an awesome risk assessment and realised everyone's eyeballs are in danger. So, you procure all the safety goggles or glasses your workforce could ever need, mark the whole factory floor as a safety eyewear zone and dust off your hands. Job done.
However, supplying bog standard eye protection to all your workers in one swoop might be a false economy.
This is because important factors such as comfort, design and prescription lenses must be taken into account to ensure everyone is properly protected. As the old saying goes, "One size doesn't fit all", and that's particularly true of eyewear!
Keeping Safety Eyewear Inclusive
Research has shown workers are much more likely to remove their eye protection if it's uncomfortable. This rather defeats the point of ever procuring safety eyewear in the first place as it can no longer do its job!
Luckily, there's a few easy ways to ensure you invest in eyewear that's going to stay on your workers faces:
- Comfort - Look for eyewear that fits correctly round the temple and across the bridge of the nose. Adjustable or self-adjustable features, such as sidearm variations, are also highly recommended. This is because eyewear with such properties can help rationalise purchasing as they ensure sidearms apply a similar pressure to heads of different shapes and sizes.
- Design - Help promote worker buy-in by purchasing eyewear that's lightweight, stylish and comfortable to wear for long periods of time. There's nothing worse than bulky, dorky looking safety goggles!
- Prescription Lenses - Should always be preferred instead of over-goggles! Wearing goggles over the top of prescription glasses can negatively impact the quality of vision due to the light refraction caused by two sets of lenses. Over-goggles can also leave the wearer feeling uncomfortable and awkward, leading to minimised productivity and safety. The great thing is, prescription lenses can be manufactured to the users own requirements and incorporated directly into their desired safety eyewear!
So, there you have it. Three surefire ways to procure eye protection that'll actually get worn!
100% Protected, Not Just 100% Covered
When it comes to safety eyewear, the aim should always be to keep your workforce 100% protected. This is different to the notion of simply blanketing entire areas as 100% safety eyewear zones and keeping your risk assessment covered with standard eye protection for all.
However, safety eyewear is a very deep topic and there's always more to keep in mind to ensure your eye protection policy is top notch.
On the plus side, we've got a nifty Eye Protection Guide which explains all in simple, jargon-free terms. You can read it online for free, whenever you want and wherever you want.
Take a look and become a safety eyewear pro!