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Eye Protection

Protective eyewear helps prevent injuries to the eyes and face from flying particles and chemical splash. Our range of protective eyewear includes safety glasses, safety goggles, safety spectacles, and a wide range of accessories that are available in different modern styles, sizes, colours, and brands such as Safetek, Bolle, Uvex, 3M, ProChoice, and more. All protective eyewear from Southland meets or exceeds safety and protection requirements in accordance with Australian standards.

What You Should Know About Safety Glasses? 

Work-related eye injuries remain a major problem in Australia. They are one of the most common causes of work-related injury presentations to emergency departments in Australia, and they result in about 500 admissions to hospital per year, according to Safe Work Australia. However, safety experts and eye doctors believe that wearing the right eye protection glasses could lessen the severity or even prevent around 90% of these eye injuries. Simply using the proper eye protection on the job could prevent thousands of eye injuries each year. 

Most common eye injuries that occur at work result from chemicals or foreign objects in the eye and cuts or scrapes on the cornea. Other causes of injuries also include splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure, and flying wood or metal chips. 

What Should You Know About the Fit and Care of Eye Wear? 

You know you are wearing the right eye protection when the eye and surrounding soft tissues are fully covered by the safety glasses or goggles. If a risk asessement of your workplace determines that eye protection is required, it is best to establish a complete eye safety protection program including selection, fit testing, training, maintenance, and inspection. 

Fit - Ensure your eye protection fits properly. The right safety glasses must cover from the eyebrow to the cheekbone, and across from the nose to the boney area on the outside of the face and eyes. Factors like eye size, bridge size and temple length all differ. Protective eyewear should be individually assigned and fitted so that gaps between the edges of the device and the face are kept to a minimum. It is also important that the wearer can see in all directions without any major obstructions in their field of view. 

Care – Just like any other protection equipment, eye protection such as glasses and goggles need maintenance. Here are some care tips for your protection device: 

  • Clean your protective eyewear daily by following the manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Avoid rough handling that can scratch the lenses of your safety glasses or safety goggles. Scratches impair vision and can weaken lenses. 
  • Store your glasses in a clean, dry place where they cannot fall or be stepped on. Keep them in a case when they are not being worn. 
  • Replace scratched, pitted, broken, bent or ill-fitting devices immediately. Damaged eye protection can interfere with vision and often does not provide adequate protection. 
  • Replace damaged parts only with identical parts from the original manufacturer to ensure the same safety rating. 
  • Do not change or modify your protective eyewear. 

What type of safety lenses Do You need at work? 

Your company's safety officer should determine which level of protection is needed for your job duties. 

A few occupations that may require high impact protection protective eyewear include: 

  • Carpenters 
  • Plumbers and pipe fitters 
  • Machinists 
  • Millwrights 
  • Laborers 

Some jobs may require side shields, safety goggles or full-face protection. Employers and safety officers should consult OSHA to help determine which type of eye protection is most appropriate for different job positions. To learn more, visit the eye and face protection section of OSHA's website. 

Australian Recommended Practices for Occupational Eye Protection 

Standard AS/NZS 1336 specifies details for the selection, care and use of eye protection PPE worn in occupational environments to protect the eyes against hazards such as splashing materials, dust, harmful gases, vapours and aerosols, high-intensity radiation generated during welding operations and furnace work. 

Moreover, the standard specifies the recommended methods for elimination or control of eye hazards, provides recommendations for the use of eye protectors which comply with the relevant Australian/New Zealand Standards. It also contains the basic details for the development of eye safety programs.