Customized Safety Glasses Guide

yhst-38637167768280_2061_35714332According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), “more than 65,000 work-related eye injuries and illnesses, causing significant morbidity and disability, are reported in the United States annually.” The AAFP also reported that, “workers who have the highest risk of eye injuries include fabricators, laborers, equipment operators, repair workers, and production and precision workers.” Purchase reliable safety glasses from Discount Safety Gear to protect the eyes from unnecessary injury, permanent or otherwise. We have just what you need to protect the eye health of workers, visitors and children, while promoting your brand.

Customized Crews® Safety Glasses – Klondike Customized Crews® Safety Glasses imprinted with your own logo are available for purchase. A minimum order of 72 is required differing in price according to how many colors you would like incorporated into your logo. Clear anti-fog lens, gray lens, amber lens, and silver mirror lens are available. This item ships in 15 business days to allow for the final approval of logos.

Custom Imprinted Pyramex Safety Glasses – Cortez are available imprinted with your own logo—minimum safety glasses close uporder 96 with no set-up fee. This brand of safety glasses is available with an option of one to three colors to be incorporated into the logo. A variety of lens colors are available including clear lens with black frame, gray lens with black frame, purple lens with black frame, I/O mirror lens with gray frame. All Pyramex safety glasses meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1-2003 High Impact Requirements.

Custom Imprinted Crews Safety Glasses – BearKat incorporate safety with ergonomic contouring that flatters the face while protecting both the sides and the front of the eyes from flying debris, dirt and other airborne foreign bodies. Stylish and functional Crews Safety Glasses – BearKat offer great looks with optimum eye protection. Colors available in this style include clear anti-fog lens, gray anti-fog lens, silver mirror lens, and blue diamond lens. As always quantity discounts are available; the more you buy, the more you save.

Safety Glasses and Lasik Surgery

safety glasses lasikMost people you see sporting safety glasses have are wielding power tools or on a construction site, but this is not the only use for safety glasses today. According to Market Scope, 17 million people have undergone Lasik eye surgery. Eight million of these were performed in America. This alternative to eyeglasses and contacts is a rapidly growing industry around the world. But what is less popular are the treatment procedures after your surgery to ensure that your eye heals. One of the recommendations that surgeons often make, is for their patients to wear safety glasses and take extra precautions after their surgery.

After Lasik surgery it can take up to two or three months for your eyes to totally hear. Usually doctors will recommend wearing safety glasses during certain activities regardless of if you normally wear them. Safety glasses should be work when playing sports, using power tools, swimming, or other potentially dangerous activities that could lead to an eye injury.

According to Prevent Blindness America:

  • Accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year in the U.S.
  • More than 40,000 Americans suffer eye injuries each year while playing sports.
  • More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day.
  • About 10% of workplace eye injuries require one or more missed days of work for recovery.
  • Up to 20% of workplace eye injuries cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
  • Experts believe that proper eye protection could lessen the severity of or prevent 90% of eye injuries.

Your doctor may also recommend that you wear sunglasses after your surgery because your eyes may be more safety glasses redsensitive to light. Check out these cool safety glasses that double as sun glasses!

Make sure that you talk to your doctor about specific limitations in your activity and get his or her recommendation on the proper eye protection for you.

Wear the Correct Safety Glasses – Perform a Hazard Assessment

safety glassesEvery day between 1,000 and 2,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace, and most victims say that they didn’t think safety glasses were necessary for the type of work they were doing. In order to prevent this from happening to you, OSHA encourages employers and craftsmen to perform a Hazard Assessment around their work area. By assessing the risks, you can evaluate what type of eye protection would be best for your specific situation.

A Hazard Assessment evaluates the five areas of risk:
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Impact
Over 70% of eye related accidents occur from flying objects. This can be anything as small as a piece of sand, up to larger pieces of debris. Those working in masonry, chiseling, drilling or power fastening should be especially cautious. Depending on the work environment, determine how durable you need your safety glasses to be.

Heat
Safety glasses are a must for any type of environment where the worker is exposed to extreme heat. Those working in welding, casting, or with furnaces should especially be alert to the danger of heat damage. For smaller projects welding goggles are the perfect solution

Chemicals
About one-fifth of eye injuries are due to chemical splashes or harmful vapors and fumes. Protect your eyes with special goggles or chemical safety glasses, especially when working with acids and chemicals.

Dust
Nearly three-fifths of eye injuries are from particles smaller than a pin’s head. It is important to wear snug fitting safety goggles when performing jobs such as woodworking, sanding, or buffing.

Optical Radiation
Be very carful to protect your eyes from radiant energy, glare, and extremely bright lights. Jobs that pose this hazard include welding, soldering, and laser work. Depending on the job a welding helmet might be the right choice.

After assessing the possible risk(s) that your work environment poses, you can better equip yourself or your employees to keep everyone’s eyes safe and sound!

For the official OSHA Hazard Assessment guidelines please visit this website .

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Welders Are at High Risk for Eye Injuries: Part 1

Person Welding Using Eye ProtectionWelding is a hard job, but somebody has to do it. The reality is without welders we would not have vehicles to drive, computers and their components, bridges connecting us, and so much more. All of this got me thinking after I was chatting with a friend who owns a metal fabrication shop. He informed of all the dangers involved with welding and it was extremely shocking.

I was informed that eye injuries account for approximately 25% of all welding injuries. I found this to be an astounding statistic and inquired about the sources of these injuries. Several sources of welding-related eye injuries are:

* Flying particles and chipped slag hit the welder in the eye.

* Radiation and photochemical burns from ultraviolet radiation (UVR), infrared radiation, and intense blue light.

*  Eye irritation from fumes and chemicals.

My friend then went on to tell me how these injuries can occur. He told me there common types of welding including shielded metal-arc or stick welding, gas metal-arc welding, and oxyacetylene welding that produce potentially harmful ultraviolet, infrared, and visible spectrum radiation. In simpler terms, ultraviolet radiation (UVR) often causes arc eye or eye flash which is typically absorbed in the cornea and lens of the eye. At this point, I asked if this is painful and permanent. He told me while injury is rarely permanent, it is very painful causing swelling of the eye and tearing. In spite of all this, projectile molten and cold metal particles are the primary cause of welding-related eye injuries.

On a positive note, most of these eye injuries are reversible with more than 50% of injured workers returning to work in less than two days and 95% within seven days. Please, be aware that while some welding-related eye injuries are reversible – others can cause permanent visual impairment. In the case of infrared and visible spectrum radiation, there is a rare possibility of permanent retinal damage including cataracts, diminished visual activity, and increased sensitivity to light and glare.

What’s worse is that welders can suffer degenerative eye damage over the years. He told me about a study that was conducted in Denmark with 217 welders, 57% of them had yellow spots on the white part of their eyes and 24% suffered degenerative damage of the thin membrane covering the eyeball. Worse yet is that approximately half of the welders had scarring of their cornea (covering of the eye). Now the question is how do I prevent eye injuries while welding?

The answer to that question will be coming next week. Part 2 will discuss the need for eye protection underneath your welding helmet and the differences between fixed and variable shades. Check back here next Thursday at the Safety Glasses Blog for this answer and much more about welding-related eye injuries.