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Eye protection guidance

In many work place environments the wearing of face and eye protection is mandatory. Eye injuries can translate into pain, loss of time, money and loss of sight. Many day-to-day tasks can involve flying debris that can cause serious injuries to the eyes.

This Eye Protection Guidance article is designed to help purchasers and users ensure that the right items are worn in appropriate circumstances. Here, Protec Direct outline the facts about Eye Protection and the associated standards.

Eye protection is a requirement by law under the Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulation 1992 when working in an hazardous area. Employers have to provide suitable personal protective equipment to the exposed employee.

Typical Hazards

Chemical Splash – All round un-vented eye protection is recommended when working with chemicals.

Impact hazards – Safety goggles or visors provide protection from impacts to the eyes

Face Protection – Suitable where the risk is flying particles and liquid splash exists, full face protection is required. Ventilation offers the wearer more comfort.

Which Product To Choose

Our extensive range of eyewear and accessories offer you the choice and protection against these hazards:

  • Safety eye shields – suitable for factory visitors and observers where the risk of flying materials is low
  • Safety spectacles – for use with low / medium risk of flying particles
  • Low energy Liquid / Dust Safety Goggle – suitable where the risk is liquid droplets such as cleaning fluids
  • Medium energy / Impact Safety Goggle – suitable where the risk is large flying particles
  • Medium energy Liquid / Dust Safety Goggle – suitable where the risk is small flying particles and liquid / dust droplets such as pressure washing and high speed machinery and tools
  • Face Shields – suitable where the risk is flying particles and liquid splash and there is a requirement to protect the whole face

Lens Shades

We have various colours of lens depending on your requirement:

Clear – Standard protection

Amber – Removes some of the visible blue light thus providing better contrast enhancement. Also offers a level of light enhancement when working in low light environments

Grey – Sun glare filter for use outdoor. Also offers UV and impact protection

Brown SCT – Sun glare filter for use outdoor. Also offers UV and impact protection

European Standards

EN 166 Specification for personal eye protection, applies to all types of eye protection used against various hazards, as encountered in industry, DIY activities etc, which are likely to damage or impair vision, with the exemption of nuclear radiation, x-rays, laser beams and low temperature infrared (IR) radiation emitted low radiation sources.

EN 170 Ultraviolet filters

EN 171 Infrared filters

EN 172 Sun glare filters for industrial use

EN 175 Eye and face protection during welding

All Eye Protection products are CE Approved to the relevant European Standards including EN166 and EN172. Protec supplies eye protection for a wide range of hazards and impacts. Eye Protection is a requirement by law under regulation 4 of the Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulation 1992 when working in a hazardous area. For more information on choosing the right eye protection and details on European Standards.

Thank you to Protec Direct for this useful Eye Protection guidance.

 

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