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Our experts offer you information, advice and practical tips on choosing the right safety eyewear for indoors and outdoors

The quality of eye protection has significantly improved over recent years. Today there is a wide range of sizes, styles, anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses, and eye protection designed specifically for spectacle wearers. Anti-fog wipes are also available and can be very effective.

Guide to Eye Protection

Task

Low Impact Eye Protection (Chipping, riveting, spalling, hammering)

Recommended Protection

• Safety glasses

• Safety glasses with side shields

• Safety clip-ons

• Eye cup goggles

• Wide vision goggles

• Eyeshields

• Faceshields

Marked with manufacturer ID and Standards mark

Task

Medium Impact Eye Protection (Scaling, grinding and machining metals, certain woodworking operations, stone dressing)

Recommended Protection

• Handling wire and brick cutting

• Safety glasses with side shields

• Safety clip-ons

• Eye cup goggles

• Wide vision goggles

• Eyeshields

• Faceshields

Marked with manufacturer ID and Standards mark ‘I’

Task

High Impact Eye Protection (Explosive powered tools, nail gun)

Recommended Protection

• Faceshields

Marked with manufacturer ID and Standards mark ‘V’

Task

Welding and allied operations

Recommended Protection

Marked with manufacturer ID and Standards mark as per requirements set out in AS/NZS 1338.1

There are also other factors that should be considered such as

Task

Chemical splash (chemical handling)

Recommended Protection

• Wide vision goggles
• Eyeshields
• Faceshields
Marked with manufacturer ID and Standards mark ‘C’

Task

Dust tight (dust)

Recommended Protection

• Goggles
Marked with manufacturer ID and Standards mark ‘D’

Task

Outdoor work (sunlight)

Recommended Protection

Supplier and standards marked, appropriate impact protection and ‘O’ (if untinted)

Use this information as a guide only. Refer to Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1336–1997) for more detailed information.

For further information contact your Eyes & Vision Optometrist

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