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Health and safety is an issue all businesses need to deal with and, for some companies, safety glasses will be an essential purchase. These are a good way to protect eyes against flying particles in areas such as workshops, factories and garages. We offer a great range of safety spectacles, and our guide should help you choose the products you need for your workplace.

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What are safety glasses?

Safety glasses are essential protective eyewear, also referred to as safety spectacles or safety goggles. They’re used by workers who routinely carry out tasks that expose the eyes to potential injuries, so they are essential if your employees operate in high-risk environments.

What safety glasses do I need?

If your employees need safety glasses for work, then there are numerous guides and regulations you need to be aware of. The Health and Safety Executive covers some of the duties that employers have when it comes to using personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. The HSE states that employers must:

“Make sure the eye protection chosen has the right combination of impact/dust/splash/molten metal eye protection for the task and fits the user properly.”

See our guidelines and FAQ below to make sure you’re using the right kind of safety glasses for your workplace. You don’t want to take any risks when it comes to protecting your workers’ eyesight!

Choosing Safety Eyewear

With such a wide range of safety glasses in our great selection, we understand you may have difficulty making your choice. There are several factors you should consider when buying safety glasses so you can choose the ones best suited to what your business does.

Frame Type

The safety glasses in our range vary significantly in terms of frame design. Choosing full frames means they look more like the glasses people wear day to day, and this may look smarter for front of house work, enabling employees to dart between the office and the workshop without needing to change.

The less frame there is, though, the greater the all-round visibility, which can increase safety in some situations and improve the efficiency with which your employees are able to do their jobs. They can also be more aerodynamic, which is useful if moving at speed and can also make them more comfortable in high winds.

Protection Areas

Some of the safety glasses we stock are open at the edges while others such as JSP® M9100 Spectacles offer extra protection at the sides, along the top or round the nose. In some cases, this protection is detachable. You will need to think about the specific issues faced by your employees to determine what type of protection is appropriate.

UV Filters

These safety glasses also have varying kinds of filters suited to working under different conditions. At the most basic level, they use different tints. Darker glasses can be very helpful to employees working outside in bright weather or dealing with high glare from machinery they are working with. Polarised glasses are useful for improving clarity of vision in bright daylight, making them a good choice for employees who do a lot of driving. Driving glasses should be polarised or use yellow-tinted lenses, increasing contrast perception.

Some of the safety glasses we stock such as Bolle® Universal™ Glasses have anti-fog lenses, which can be very helpful when working in unusually hot, cold or damp conditions. Some offer UV protection to varying degrees, which not only reduces the risk of long-term health problems but also helps to keep eyes sharp over the course of the working day.

Some have surfaces that keep them free of dirt and dust, and others are scratch-resistant so they do not become fuzzy as they get older, even if they are repeatedly impacted by small particles produced in the working environment. Others have straps to secure them around the back of the head so they always stay in position and can even be used when working at height.

We think you will be able to find exactly what you need in this selection, but if you would like a wider choice of eye protection you may also want to consider our range of safety goggles. Also, safety glasses can be easily worn with bump caps which can provide head protection as well as eye protection.

Check out our FAQ on safety glasses

How are safety glasses rated?

Safety glasses are given various ratings for different factors including light transmission, radiation protection and lens strength. The rating of a pair of safety spectacles that might be needed in a factory to protect against flying particles will be different from a pair suitable for outdoor work in bright sunshine. To find the right safety glasses, it’s essential to do a full risk assessment of your work areas.

Once you know what type of glasses you need, you can compare ratings to ensure that the eye protection you buy will be right for your workplace. Check out our detailed guide to safety spectacles ratings.

How long should safety glasses be worn?

It’s generally considered safe to wear safety glasses for as long as necessary whenever doing any work that requires eyes to be protected. Some workers worry that long-term use may not be the best thing for their eyes, but Dr Gary Heitling of All About Vision stresses that there’s no evidence that wearing safety glasses damages your eyesight.

If you find that your eyes hurt after long periods using safety glasses, this may well be caused by general eye strain and fatigue or excessive glare if working in bright light. If you feel that safety glasses are causing discomfort or eye strain, check that they are of good quality, the correct rating for the work being done, in good condition and properly fitted.

How do I clean safety glasses?

If you want your safety spectacles to last, it’s vital they are well maintained and regularly cleaned to ensure they stay in good condition. All employees should know how to clean their equipment and be given the opportunity to do so at the end of each work shift or session. Workers will need to follow the cleaning instructions for each specific pair of safety glasses, but most can be easily cleaned using water and a suitable soft cloth.

How do I keep safety glasses from fogging up?

Fogged-up eye protection is something many workers will have had to deal with, especially when working in either heat or cold and in particular when using enclosed ‘goggle’ style eyewear. It’s possible to buy anti-fog treatments of course, but the best solution is to buy high-quality, anti-fog glasses in the first place. Some of the best anti-fog safety glasses include:

How do I wear safety glasses over glasses?

For workers who already wear prescription eyeglasses, the best solution is to buy a pair of safety spectacles that fit over the top of their regular eyewear, such as the Uvex Super F OTG Safety Glasses or, for a real value option, the Honeywell Armamax® Overspecs.

Which are the best safety glasses?

It’s vital to choose safety spectacles according to the type of situations they will be used in, so there is no one perfect pair. Your budget is also important. Here at Seton, we have a wide range of options at all price points, from the high-quality Honeywell Stereo Bluetooth Icom™ Safety Glasses with built-in communication to robust but basic value models like the Delta Plus Polycarbonate Safety Glasses. If you have any questions about our safety glasses, feel free to get in touch.

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