Some occupations are highly vulnerable and can cause psychological as well as physical harm to the workers. As per studies, manufacturing, and construction industries account for majority of eye and face injuries. These sectors comprise of plumbers, mechanics, carpenters, repairers, assemblers, and workers on a construction project. As a responsible employer, you must know and adhere to the UAE’s laws regarding eye protection, under the occupational hazard rules and regulations.
An effective pair of safety goggles can protect your workers’ eyes from flying projectiles, dangerous chemicals, gasses, or other things that may be hazardous at the worksite. When struck by flying items or hazardous materials, safety goggles are engineered to withstand such impacts and shock.
HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT
You must carry out an occupational eye and face hazard identification to determine the risk to your workers’ eyes. For this assessment, you must consider various factors such as,
- Impact- Effect of flying objects, like particles, dirt, sand etc. emitted or produced from heavy machinery, wood, and plastic, grinding and chipping with power tools, masonry, riveting, molten metal etc.
- Dust- Exposure to fine dust particles.
- Heat- Exposure to intense heat from operations like casting, hot metal, furnace operations, welding, or similar other operations.
- Chemicals- Exposure to hazardous substances due to liquid splash, vapes, fumes, droplets and mist from handling and use of chemicals in industrial processes.
- Optical radiation- Working in conditions of high-frequency light sources like ultraviolet and infrared lights, welding glares, torch cutting, laser, soldering work etc.
- Electrical sparks and arc flashes
Environmental factors such as humidity, temperature etc. should be considered.
- Human factors – Workers must be completely instructed with the protective wear rules in the working environment.
Having identified these hazards, you will be able to determine what kind of safety goggles and protection you must offer to your workers.
Glasses, goggles, and face shields with or without prescription lenses, are examples of safety goggles for eye protection. SMB Trading, a leading eye protection goggles distributor in UAE has a wide array of some of the best-chosen safety eye wear in the industry. Our experts at our store can educate you about our safety goggles range and how these can help your workers from potential danger.
Safety goggles are a type of eye protection that completely covers the eyes, eye sockets, and the area surrounding the eyes, protecting them from impact, dust, splashes, and fumes. Some safety goggles come with comprehensive impact protection and corrective lenses. Directly vented safety goggles provide increased comfort by allowing air to flow in and out, reducing the risk of fogging.
Indirect vents allow air to flow freely in and out while preventing dust and particles from entering the enclosure. Impact protection is the same for direct vented goggles while fogging can be an issue with indirect vents. It is advisable to consider an anti-fog lens coating to mitigate potential hazards. Non-vented goggles have no holes in the lenses or frames for air passage. They provide a higher level of vapor and fume protection with anti-fog compatibility.
Laser safety goggles are eye protection wear that shield the eyes from bright lights such as lasers. Laser safety eyewear must have the required optical density as per the laser’s wavelength. It is important to understand that not all safety goggles are made the same. Eye strain, poor vision, and non-compliance with municipality standards can bring great discomfort to the workers, develop trust issues towards the employer and raise doubts about the efficiency of PPE provided by the employer.
Due to the pandemic, safeguarding your eyes at work has become an important aspect of controlling infection at the workplace. Droplets blown out of a sick employee can easily penetrate the eyes of nearby colleagues, thereby, leading to the possibility of spreading infection at the office.
MATERIAL USED IN SAFETY EYEWEAR
Polycarbonate lenses are preferred because they offer the best impact resistance against flying objects and a variety of welding colors. These are made of lightweight plastic, that absorbs 99 percent of UV light radiation. Glass has a higher resistance to cleaning chemicals and solvents, making it a better choice in circumstances where cleaning is necessary on a regular basis, such as paint spray booths.
Safety goggles in Dubai come in a variety of sizes and styles. Some include side shields, while others can protect the entire face (such as face shields). Eye protection wear in the UAE should fit well, so your workers needn’t constantly keep adjusting them at work.
The type of lens coating is determined by the type of impact they will be subjected to. The lens coat improves the durability of the safety goggles. Anti-scratch and anti-fog properties combined are some of the most common lens coatings for safety goggles today. The anti-scratch coating is ideal if the work environment is prone to flying and suspended particles. The anti-fog coat, on the other hand, is ideal for individuals who work in environments with varying temperatures and humidity.
An employer must ensure all safety goggles fit properly for all their workers. Accidents can occur due to lapse in providing safe and the right eyewear for the workers, leading to intrusion of foreign bodies into their eyes. Comfort should also be considered in the selection of eye and face protection since eyewear is usually worn for long periods of work. Good quality optical wear can enhance comfort too. Employers can procure safety goggles in Dubai from trusted manufacturers distributed by SMB Trading for quality safety products in the UAE at the best price.
SAFETY AND INSTRUCTION MARKINGS
Make sure to select safety goggles that come with the manufacturer’s instructions indicating proper storage use, maintenance, cleaning, disinfection, protection capabilities etc. Every worker needs to be informed about the usability, fitting rating, maintenance and other guidelines for eye and face protection at the workplace. Original products will bear clear and permanent marking, providing fully visibility when worn, without hindering vision.
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