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Safety Eyewear Articles

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A Culture of Care

From using hazardous materials to working at a computer, there are many workplace activities that present the risk of damage to our eyes. Our eyes are very important in our everyday lives, so it is vital that we look after them.

Testing Eyewear

From domestic DIY environments, right through to heavy industries and military applications, protective eyewear is one of today’s most common types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and an important part of self-protection in the workplace. Ahead of World Sight Day on 13 October, Global Head of Personal Safety, Robert Wells from BSI looks at the different types of eye protectors available and offers advice on choosing the best solution for the job at hand to avoid eye injuries.

Protecting Above the Neck

With the ever-rising need to comply with strict health and safety regulations, and increasing numbers of people working in dangerous environments, it’s vital that organisations keep up to date with PPE requirements.

A Vision of Safety

Thousands of workers each year suffer from work related eye injuries that range from minor injuries like dust in the eye resulting in temporary conjunctivitis, to serious injuries that cause the loss of one or both eyes.

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Safety in Sight

From the Neck Up

A Vision Of Safety

Talking About Training Transfer

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Facing up to Safety

An Insight Into Eye Safety

Mind Your Head

Keep Ahead of Safety

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Heading For Safe Ground

Eye Opener

How to Keep Your Head

First Call Review

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Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident

2012-12-19 EHS News: A company might issue you tools, safety equipment, and some kind of protective clothing, but there is one thing that cannot be issued - a new set of eyes. If something happens to your eyes, there is

Don’t Turn a Blind Eye

2012-11-28 EHS News: Eye injuries in the workplace can have a devastating effect on the individual involved and on their family. In the worst cases, eye injuries can lead to partial or even total blindness. This article

Seeing a Safer Way

2012-11-19 EHS News: Introduction I would like to take a general look at eye safety through my personal experience regarding the introduction of safety eyewear into the workplace. Reluctance may be encountered in the wor

Getting Ahead on Safety [Aug 2012]

No matter now careful you may be to engineer hazards out of your workplace, Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, plays a vital part in maintaining worker safety. Certain tasks are clearly more hazardous than others, but protecting a worker’s eyesight - as powerful a work tool as it is vulnerable - is obviously essential.

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One in the Eye for Safety and Testing

What do these standards mean? Who comes up with them? Are they really necessary? For example, it’s very difficult to explain to a company who have worn one particular type of Flame Resistant (FR) apparel for as long as they can remember, that it's actually not really fit for the job. It may have been what was available 20 years ago, but times and fabric developments change – and as I found out, you can very easily be under protected by not knowing the facts.

Preventing Eye Injuries

Every day an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces. The financial cost of these injuries is enormous - more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and workers’ compensation. No dollar figure can adequately reflect the personal toll these accidents take on the injured workers.

Eye Safety

Eye injuries in the workplace are surprisingly common. Jerry Traer, of Workplace Safety North talks us through the many options available to employers to help safeguard their employees’ sight. While his viewpoint is formed from a pulp and paper background, his observations are applicable to a huge variety of industries where workers’ eyesight may be endangered by workplace hazards.

Making A Spectacle

Jane White, research and information services manager at the UK-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, (IOSH) talks about the need for eye protection in hazardous workplaces across Asia and the Pacific.

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Chemical Protection

Chemical incidents can be of various types. Some result in the need for minor first aid while others are disastrous accidents, involving the use of hazardous chemicals – which can be toxic, flammable or reactive.

Eye Protection

Every day people working in hazardous environments choose not to put on protective eyewear. Mostly, they’re fine.

Eye Protection

From domestic DIY environments, right through to heavy industries and military applications, protective eyewear is one of today’s most common types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

As an important part of self protection in the workplace, Elaine Munro from BSI looks at the different types of eye protectors and offers advice on choosing the best solution for the job at hand.

Vital Protection for Eyes

Let us pose a simple question: why is vision the only sense we do not test for in the safety and health arena on a regular basis?

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Vision Lab

The influence of the European Union PPE Directive has spread beyond the European market. Increasingly, suppliers of PPE products to other markets look for CE marked goods and certification that indicate compliance with the EU Directive. This is also influenced by construction companies, mineral and oil enterprises, and shipping and airline businesses, that operate on a global scale, many having their bases within Europe.

Eye Protection

When you are issued a pair of safety spectacles, goggles or a welding helmet, have you ever noticed a certification label on the packaging and/or on the product itself and wondered what it really means?

Where worker protection is concerned, the eyes are at the top of the list! If there is a potential for an injury to the eye or face from flying particles, harmful liquids, gases or vapours, or harmful radiation, eye and face protectors should be provided to workers. These protectors should carry the label ofan accredited third party certification organisation.

Set Your Sights on Safety - Occupational eye injuries, causes and prevention

Eye injuries are one of the most common workplace injuries, accounting for 2.5 million eye injuries annually in the United States alone. Out of this group, 50,000 people permanently lose part or all of their vision (United States Eye Injury Registry Summary Report, 1998-2002). Eye injuries are the number two leading cause of blindness, second to cataracts. The most staggering realisation about these statistics is that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eye equipment.

Protective Eyewear - Spotlight on Design and Protection

Eyes are the most important sensory organs of the human body. Around 85-90% of all our sensory impressions are conveyed by sight, so it is all the more important to protect these sensitive organs from injury.

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Saving Your Skin - Choosing the Right Garment for the Hazard, Showers and Eyebaths

Each year hand and finger injuries typically cause more than one million US workers to visit a hospital for medical treatment. In 2008 alone, there were 137,020 Days Away From Work Cases in the US as a direct result of work-related hand and finger injuries.

Eye Protection - Practical advice to keep in sight

All eye injuries are preventable, however, each work day during 2008 about 110 U.S. workers had a job-related eye injury that results in Days Away From Work Cases. According to the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)[i], overall, there are approximately 2000 work-related eye injuries in the US every day. These injuries occur in all categories of industry but the highest frequencies occur in manufacturing, transportation and construction.

Eyewear Testing - The Process to Achieve Certification

Protective eyewear sold in the European Union must be CE marked in accordance with the PPE Directive 89/686. The process to achieve certification to this directive involves testing the eyewear mainly against the requirements of EN 166:2001 but other standards can apply depending on the application (see table 1). The PPE Directive applies also to sunglasses, even those sold for private or leisure use, and it can apply to prescription eyewear if that eyewear also includes protective features.

In The Blink Of An Eye

Protecting Against Potential Eye Hazards

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Eye Protection

European legislation was revolutionised by the 'New Approach'; introduced in 1985 in order to create a European market by removing the remaining barriers to trade. The only condition to allow the free circulation of the goods is that the manufacturer guarantees that his products put on the EU market are in compliance with the corresponding EU regulation and provide a high level of protection to EU Citizens.

Protective Eyewear

Preventing optical damage through welding - Several forms of eyewear exist for protection of the eye. Sunglasses are frequently used to reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching the eye. The main casual use of sunglasses is to reduce glare by decreasing the luminance of visible radiation reaching the eye. Sunglasses also attenuate ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but the degree of attenuation is not apparent by visual inspection of the lenses. Several countries have standards specifying the classification of sunglasses for the general use according to their UV transmittance.

HSI's Protective Eyewear FORUM

Welcome to the July issue's manufacturer forum, this time on Protective Eyewear. We are confident that you will be able to glean much important and interesting information from the following answers to help you in your quest for a safer working environment.

Safety Eyewear

Protecting eyes against high speed particle impact - Most forms of safety eyewear available in Europe have been assessed for protection against high speed particles. SATRA's Austin Simmons explains the testing process and the context of European legislation and standards.

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Eye Protection Devices

'Head down, straight on!' is seldom good advice

The Eyes and Face

The human eye is fragile and vulnerable. A lesion to one of its components can mean anything from surface irritation to irreversible after effects such as a total loss of vision. In the same way, impacts to the face by projectiles or hot or aggressive liquids could lead to irreversible damage and visible scars.

Eye Protection at a Glance

The fragile and vulnerable human eye is particularly susceptible to injury from the three main types of hazard encountered in the workplace, these being mechanical and chemical hazards as well as those due to radiation.

Do I Have to Carry Out Fit Testing?

Legislative background to the use of Qualitative Fit Testing in the UK

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Eye Protection

Of all the personal senses perhaps the most precious is the sense of sight

 

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