If you enjoyed our Earplugs for dummies, you’re in for a treat. We’re keeping with the beginners-guide theme and telling you everything you need to know about safety glasses.

Here are five surefire ways to find the right eye protection… and protection for the left eye too.

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1. Spec it out

Did you know that every single work environment can require a different lens?

This includes indoors, outdoors, poor weather conditions, in front of a computer and more. Choosing the right lens for your job can help cut down on glare, reflect light, absorb harmful UV/IR rays and even fight eye strain.

Here’s an overview of the most common lens tints:chart of lens colours

Courtesy of 3M Canada.

2. Change your “frame” of mind

Okay – that was a pretty bad pun, but it is important to pick the right frames for your job. Do you work with particulate matter? How about hazardous vapours? All of these factors go into determining which type of frame will give you optimal protection for your job. Here are some features to look for:

  • Flexible ribs and pressure diffusion on your temples for comfort and long wear
  • Side shields to protect your eyes from particulate matter
  • Heat-resistant frames if you work in a hot environment
  • A large viewing area if you need a wide range of vision while working

3. Stay clear

Fogging up when going between the indoors and outdoors can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to work. If you work in an environment that exposes you to the elements, or even if it just gets warm at times, it’s a good idea to use lenses that have an anti-fog coating. Learn more about Honeywell’s Uvex Hydroshield™ safety glasses in the video below.

4. Do they have specs appeal?

How do you feel in your safety glasses? If they’re comfortable and fit correctly, you should feel confident in your protection while working. If they don’t, you’ll constantly be fidgeting with and readjusting them. Follow this little test to ensure you’ve found the right fit:

  • Shake your head left and right. If your glasses move or slide off, you should find a better fit.
  • Can you see in all directions? If the frames block your field of vision, consider a pair with more visibility.
  • Are there gaps between the eyewear and your face? If you can fit your finger through, hazardous particulates can fly in even more easily.
  • Are they comfortable? If they feel too tight or rigid on your face, consider a pair with soft temple tips, a foam gasket or a soft, rubber nose bridge.

5. Stay safe

Remember, compliance is everything. The CSA Z94.3 Standard tests glasses for impact, level of protection and other general safety requirements. Ensure that your safety glasses are approved by CSA and sport the logo on the lens and frame for maximum protection.

I’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to safety glasses in this blog, but it should get you started in the right direction. If you have any questions about your eye protection program, please feel free to send me a note directly at leslie.molin@levitt-safety.com. The team and I are happy to guide you through the process of selecting the best pair for your job.

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Leslie Molin

Market Segment Manager - Personal Safety

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