According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, over 700 Canadian workers per day sustain eye injuries on the job, resulting in lost time and/or temporary or permanent vision loss.
700 Every Day
If that seems like a lot that’s because IT IS HIG"H. That doesn’t make it less true.
Why are so many people being injured in what seems like the easiest injury to prevent simply by wearing eye protection?
"They get pretty hot especially when wearing goggle or face shields"
It can be incredibly uncomfortable to wear eye protection when working in extreme heat whether you are outside in the sun or working on electric or insulation work in a hot attic. But the discomfort is not worth losing your vision.
Be sure to take regular breaks if this is a cause for you to not wear proper PPE.
"They don't fit over my corrective lenses"
Consider buying or requesting prescription lens safety glass frames. These eliminate the need to fit safety glasses over your prescription lenses.
There are also safety glasses designed to fit over your glasses which are a good option.
Regular prescription glasses DO NOT count as safety glasses.
Types of Eye Protection
Non-prescription and prescription safety glasses
Types of goggles:
DIRECT VENTED GOGGLES allow the direct flow of air into the goggle.
USES: Dry work or work not dealing with vapour or liquid.
INDIRECT VENTED GOOGLES provide protection from splash entry. The vent is covered or designed so that direct entry of liquid and vapour is not allowed from the outside to the inside by cover.
USES: When liquid or chemical splash is a hazard
NON-VENTED GOGGLES have no vents and offer protection against the passage of dust, mist, liquid and vapors.
USES: When hazards include chemical vapor* or harmful dust.
You can view the SCC’s standards for eye protection here
Considerations should be taken for lens material
Can be heavy and uncomfortable
Lighter than glass
Less likely to fog
Not as scratch resistant
Not likely to fog
Stronger than glass or plastic
More impact resistant
Not as scratch resistant
HOW SHOULD THEY FIT?
Think about the following:
frame should be as close to the face as possible with adequate support on the bridge of the nose
temples should fit comfortably over the ears
choose based on colour of lens and comfort
glasses/goggles should fit close to the face to minimize gaps
find a style that is comfortable to wear
You want them to provide the proper protection but comfort is an important part of their function as to not distract from the task.
LENSES should also be chosen for outdoor work based on the strength of the sun
Severely sunburned eyes, known as photokeratitis, is a result of prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can cause a burning sensation and blurred vision. Realize that these damaging UV rays do not just come directly from the sun, but also from the reflection of these rays
UV protection may be less important than preventing debris and hazardous materials but it is a very real hazard. Especially if you are working in sunlight outdoors everyday.