With such a vast range of safety goggle out there, it is tough deciding what is right for you.
But choosing the right protective eyewear for you and your staff is so incredibly important to avoid work related eye injuries.
What to consider when selecting safety googles/eyewear:
- AS/NZA 1137.1 Standard Approved
- Visual Requirement of the Task
- Alignment safety eyewear shape and wearers face
- Working Condition
- Workers Eyesight
- Wearers Preference
- Nature of the hazard and risks
- Appropriateness of the frame
Impact Rating For Eye Protection
The impact rating of eye protection is determined by the ability of the PPE to withstand the impact from a specified weight ball without cracking, detaching or dislodging, breaking or coming into contact with the eye or head.
The type of safety eye protection you should wear depends on the hazards in your workplace. Always choose eye protection that complies with AS/NZS standards.
Some Examples Include:
The different types of ventilation available for safety goggles is a factor that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the right goggles for the job. The different ventilation types suit certain scenarios better than others and offer differing levels of protection to hazards that may be faced. The types of ventilations also links to the necessary types of coating and
Suitable where the primary hazard is impact only, not for chemical splashes or vapours.
Provides splash and dust protection by way of a covered vent whilst still allowing indirect airflow.
Top and Bottom Vents Reduced
Provide splash and dust protection and assists in resisting smoke penetration into the goggle.
Indirect Top Vents Closed
Provide splash and dust protection with added protection from chemical splash falling down into the eyes from above. Still allows indirect airflow.
Non Vented Goggles
Non-vented goggles do not have any vents and therefore can provide protection against dust, mists, liquids, vapours, including chemical splash. Due to the lack of vents, these goggles tend to fog up quickly: an anti-fog coating is necessary.
Open Cell Foam
Durable, versatile and Flexible. Offers a high degree of comfort.
Closed Cell Foam
More Durable than Open Cell Foam Lining and allows very little moisture absorption.
Non Foam Liner
Hygienic and provided the wearer with an uninterrupted seal that adapts to the face better than foam options.
Safety goggles in Australia are often used in harsh working environments, so the lenses are usually coated to increase their efficacy and longevity. This coating is more important than you might think and is a key factor in ensuring the eyewear is worn, ensuring the protection of the wearer. For maximum effectiveness, lens coatings should offer resistance against fogging and scratching.
Anti-scratch coatings on both sides of the lens are ideal for us in dirty, dusty and abrasive environments and environments with light oils and grease. Safety goggles with anti-fog coating on both sides of the lens should be used in work environments with constant movement between areas of different temperature and humidity. Perfect for strenuous activities in dusty abrasive environments are coated lenses with anti-fog on the inside and scratch resistant on the outside.