Eye Protection FAQ

Why is eye protection necessary?

Legislation decrees that approved safety glasses or eye protection must be worn in a wide variety of workplace environments. Statistics show that despite such requirements, in 2002 there were 6435 claims for eye injury compensation in Australia.

What features should be looked for in quality safety glasses?

Check to see that the spectacles have the Australian Standards logo which indicate that they conform to tests for impact resistance. There are also four lens marking indicating suitability for specific applications.

Is there a minimum standard of safety glasses in the ProChoice range?

All ProChoice models feature medium impact, polycarbonate lenses; 99.9% UV protection and meet AS/NZS1337:1992 safety standard.

What does this AS/NZS1337:1992 standard test for?

A number of requirements need to be met before any eye protection can meet this standard. All eye protection must meet the following criteria.

General Finish – The eye protector must be finished correctly and not cause injury or discomfort during use.

Materials – Materials should not cause skin irritation, abrasion or cause skin discolouration.

Optical properties of lenses – Lenses offer protection, provide no distortion and are comfortable to wear.

Ventilation – Eye protectors that completely occlude the ocular area must provide ventilation (Note: some medium and high impact protection are exempt from this requirement).

Dimensional requirements for eye shields and face shields – The minimum vertical dimension for eyewear is 70mm and for a face shield, the lower edge of the browguard to the lower edge of the visor is 170mm.

Impact resistance – All eye protection shall be capable of withstanding impact from a specified weight ball without cracking, detaching or dislodging, breaking or coming into contact with the eye or the head.

Penetration resistance – Eye protection must withstand penetration of a specified weight projectile without cracking into two or more pieces, being pierced or allowing the projectile to come into contact with the eye or the head.

Flame propagation – Materials used in the construction of protectors should withstand heat so that the burning rate of the material will be no greater than 100mm per minute.

Thermal stability - Materials used in the construction of protectors shall be stable at elevated temperatures and will show no physical distortion in optical properties or strength.

Protection against corrosion – When tested for corrosion, the materials shall have a smooth surface free from corrosion.

Low impact protection – All eye protection should be capable of withstanding the relevant test for low impact.

Medium impact protection – Medium impact protection will be wide vision goggles, wide vision spectacles, faceshields, eye shields and helmets and are able to withstand a greater impact.

What is the difference between Safety Glasses and Safety Goggles?

Safety Goggles fit tight against the face offering protection against dust and splashes. Choose a model that suits your work environment. The Scope range offers good chemical splash resistance.

What are the features that differentiate between the various models of ProChoice safety glasses?

The range caters for a variety of uses. There are clear and smoke lenses for indoor/outdoor work. Anti-fog lenses for use in humid conditions. Styles and models to suit individual comfort requirements and appearance.

Which eyewear should I use?

The ProChoice range caters for variety of uses. There are clear and smoke lenses for indoor/outdoow work. Anti-fog lenses for humid conditions. Styles and models to suit individual comfort requirments and appearance.

Remember
Use only AS/NZS1337 approved eyewear
Review the work area for potential hazards and select the appropriate eyewear in consulttation with your OH&S professional
Faceshields can be worn over spectacles and goggles.
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