Posted at 29 April 2020

Are you protecting your eyesight?

Paul Skade
By Paul Skade
Category Manager, Industrial MRO and Safety

I’ve been in the Tools and MRO industry since leaving school 45 years ago. I’ve enjoyed a wide and varied career in a variety of Sales and Procurement roles in th...

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Many of us take our eyesight for granted. The eye is a very complex organ, and overtime sight will naturally deteriorate. But this process can be significantly accelerated dependant on the tasks we undertake, environments we operate in, and protective equipment we do or don’t utilise.

 

Eye diseases can be unpleasant and painful; therefore, it’s advised that you regularly – at least once a year – visit the optician for a test and check-up. Sight related health issues can often be underlining and unnoticeable, so having regular checks should be the very minimum requirement.

 

Are you seeing clearly?

For use in a variety of workplaces, Personal Protection Equipment has been specifically designed to minimise the risks associated with poor health, and eye safety is part of the portfolio. Visual clarity is determined by the quality of lens and must exceed a prefixed level to be deemed suitable for certain working practices. The categories are as follows:

  • Optical Class 1 – For permanent use in work that has high vision requirements
  • Optical Class 2 – For work with average vision requirements
  • Optical Class 3 – Not suitable for permanent use in rough work without any special vision requirements

 

 

Comfort and security equals safety

Careful consideration should also be given regarding the fit and comfort of all eyewear, although unlike respiratory equipment for example, there are no regulatory guidelines. There is no specific test to assess the fit and security of eyewear. It’s down to the user’s discretion to determine whether or not they are wearing eyewear PPE correctly in order to guarantee maximum protection.

 

Ask yourself the following before operating using any critical eyewear PPE:

  • View – Is my vision impaired in any way?
  • Coverage – Does the PPE cover the necessary parts of my eyes/face?
  • Security – Is there any way that the PPE can slip or fall off?
  • Gap – Are there any gaps that could reduce protection?

 

Adhering to these simple questions will ensure that maximum protection is achieved, allowing you to perform your duties without the added worry of injury.

If you would like to discuss your eyewear PPE options, or are looking for advice on what’s most suitable for your requirements, call our MRO & Safety Equipment division on 0121 508 6000 or check out the Webshop.

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