Trends in Eyewear Safety

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According to NIOSH (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), every day 2,000 workers experience an eye injury that’s serious enough to need medical attention. Fortunately for workers, safety eyewear manufacturers are always introducing new products for better protection.

The eye protection market is driven by a need for more choices and lower costs. More choices make it easier for:
  1. Every worker to find a style they want to wear
  2. Safety Managers to fit workers with different facial profiles
Bifocal Safety Eyewear
Bifocals allow workers to clearly read their instruments, work with small parts or perform other close tasks without taking off their safety glasses. This cuts down on those moments of non-compliance when workers are switching between safety glasses and reading glasses.

Anti-Fog Technology
Recent improvements to anti-fog formulas allow workers to get fog-free vision, even when temperature changes can make lenses fog up fast! But beware of inconsistency within the market. There are currently no formulation requirements or test criteria for anti-fog coating.

Cushioned Nose Pieces & Temples
Most eyewear injuries happen when workers aren’t wearing safety glasses and the number one reason for not wearing eyewear is comfort. Features like cushioned nose pads and temples allow for all-day comfort and increase worker compliance.

Foam-lined Safety Glasses
Foam-lined lenses add cushion and protect against airborne particles like dust, sand and cement. Some foam linings offer additional protection like flame resistance.

Integrated Eyewear Protection
Adding eye protection to other PPE items like hard hats is one of the hottest trends today. Integrated eyewear ensures workers are fully protected against changing hazards including falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, and excessive heat. Other technologies include visor materials that are not only high-impact rated but also chemical splash-resistant.

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