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Eyesight is not a commodity, it’s a necessity. ORR Safety’s Total Vision Solution goes beyond traditional one-size-fits-all PPE purchase programs to give you and your workers a safety solution engineered for the complexities of your industry.
Whether it’s fashionable safety glasses or functional prescription safety eyewear, ORR Safety crafts a solution that keeps your workers safe and provides a fully administered program that is best suited to your company’s needs.
The type of eyewear you choose for you worksite should be based on the type of work being performed and be compliant with the standards outlined in both OSHA and ANSI regulations.
It’s important to consider that many working conditions include multiple eye hazards. The proper eye protection for your workers should take all hazards into account.
Workers who deal with high-heat environments such as utilities and paper mills, are subject to increased injuries on account of eyewear fogging. When a worker’s eyewear fogs up as a result of frequent temperature changes, they are more tempted to take them off to wipe over and over again throughout their shift. This increases their exposure to other hazards and causes a loss in productivity. Fogging can also lead to impaired vision, increasing the likelihood of a worker becoming injured by an unforeseen hazard. Anti-fog lenses and lens treatments are available for workers as well as straps and lanyards to prevent eyewear from slipping due to sweat.
In today’s digital world the effects of blue light are an evitable part of the workplace. Whether you work outdoors or in an office setting, we are all being exposed to blue light. Common sources of blue light include the sun, electronic devices such as computers, laptops, TV’s, smart phones, tablets, as well as LED and fluorescent lighting. Recent medical studies indicate that not only is the damage from blue light exposure permanent, but it can also speed up the process of age-related macular degeneration and vision loss.
In order to better protect your employees’ eyes at work, it’s important to offer safety eyewear that is tinted or polarized if working outside. This will help absorb harmful HEV blue rays. Anti-reflective lenses are also beneficial because they reduce glare and increase contrast by blocking blue light from the sun as well as digital devices. For those who work in an office setting, computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses or photochromic lenses are available, which help prevent digital eye strain by providing contrast.
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Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain is a group of eye and vision-related problems that develop from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. According to the American Optometric Association, “the average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer.”
Workers should take the following steps to avoid developing Computer Vision Syndrome and Digital Eye Strain:
In addition to providing safety eyewear, employers can ensure a safe work environment
by taking the following steps:
A safety eyewear program is an administrative system that transfers the manual task of managing a prescription eyewear program over to the software. Some of these tasks include budgeting on a company or individual employee level, tracking eligibility and employee buying history, invoicing and finding an eye care provider.
Everyone is busy and many of us juggle multiple responsibilities at work. Managing a prescription eyewear program in addition to your other tasks can be daunting. A digital tracking system can make your life much easier.
Software that keeps track of everything in your program is quickly becoming a must have. Going digital gives you the tools you need to quickly and efficiently manage your program, without the headache of dealing with stacks of paperwork.
The type of safety eye protection you should wear depends on the hazards in your workplace. Safety glasses that offer side shield protection must be worn in work areas that contain any particles or flying objects. A work environment that exposes workers to chemicals should be equipped with safety eyewear such as goggles in order to avoid injuries that can occur from splashes or fumes.
Safety glasses, goggles, face shields, and helmets must be worn when working near hazardous radiation. Before selecting safety eyewear for your worksite, a hazard assessment should be made based on each work task.
Nonprescription and prescription safety glasses. Safety glasses are manufactured with prescription or non-prescription lenses. Non-prescription safety glasses, known as “plano” lenses, are made to be worn by individuals who do not wear glasses normally to correct their vision. Prescription safety glasses, however, are worn in place of an individual’s regular glasses, in order to protect them from potential hazards that may damage their eyes. Unlike normal dress eyewear, safety glasses are much stronger and are designed to meet specific standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In order to guarantee your eyewear is ANSI Z87.1 compliant, look for Z87+ stamped on the lens or frame.
Goggles. Safety goggles protect the worker from injury or infection by acting as a shield against particles and harmful chemicals. When worn correctly over contacts or prescription safety glasses, goggles create a barrier around the entire eye, providing the ultimate protection against potential hazards.
Face shields or welding helmets should only be worn over primary eye protection such as safety glasses or goggles.
Polycarbonate was first introduced in the 1970s for aerospace applications, and is currently used for the helmet visors of astronauts and for space shuttle windshields. Today, polycarbonate lenses have become a popular choice for safety glasses. The material is light compared to other plastic or glass lenses and is high-impact resistant.
Phoenix (Trivex-based) Lenses
Similar to polycarbonate lenses, Phoenix lenses are thin and high-impact resistant but even more lightweight, which allows them to provide all-day comfort to the wearer. Composed of urethane-based monomer, Phoenix lenses provide superior optics and strength over any other lens as well as 100% UVA and UVB protection.