Industrial Safety Glasses To Protect Your Eyes

Your eyes is one of the most valuable asset

Industrial Safety Glasses Singapore

All of us are aware of the importance of workplace safety and we can be affected by the risks arising from the operation of the routine tasks. While the required industrial safety glasses vary by occupations, the safety level provided can be generalized. Some of these activities may require side shields, goggles or full face protection. Employers and safety officers should help to determine which type of safety glasses is most appropriate for the different job positions.

Our eyes are our vital organs and they are very fragile. If we lose the sight, it will result in a significant change in our lives. Besides, the unexpected medical expenses could be a threat to our finances.

You have to identify the areas of risk that may occur to your eyes and take precautions before anything happens. Most of these objects are smaller than a pinhead and can cause serious injuries such as punctures, abrasions, and contusions. Therefore, industrial safety glasses will protect you if the eye and surrounding soft tissues are fully covered by the protection device. If eye protection is required, there is a need to implement a complete eye safety protection process like selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection. Industrial safety glasses provide protection from this external debris and should provide side protection via a wrap-around design or side shields.


A few occupations which require high impact industrial safety glasses or goggles include:

  • Carpenters
  • Labourers
  • Machinists
  • Pipefitters

The frames of the industrial safety glasses are made of metal and/or plastic and can be fitted with either corrective or plano impact-resistant lenses. Side shields may be incorporated into the frames of safety spectacles when needed.

Eye Injuries

Workers that have a job-related eye injury should go to medical attention. As these eye injuries can occur in many ways and most of them happen when the solid particles such as metal dust, wood chips, sand or cement chips get into the eye. Smaller particles are in smokes and larger particles such as broken glass also account for particulate matter-causing eye injuries. Traumatic injuries can occur to the eye when excessive force comes into contact with the eye. Chemical burns, biological agents, and thermal agents from sources such as welding torches and ultraviolet light also contribute to the occupational eye injury.

In order to determine if a lens has passed the high-velocity test, look for the plus mark ie “+” mark that indicates its approval for high impact standard as required under American National Standards Institute (ANSI). When choosing the industrial safety glasses, ensure it fits the eyes and other nearby regions of your face.


The most popular lens material for safety glasses is polycarbonate. This material has less than half the weight of glass, so the safety glasses are more comfortable. Polycarbonate lenses are also more impact-resistant than glass lenses. Even with the scratch-resistance coating, the lens will have scratches through rough handling.

The lens can be clear, tinted, photochromic or polarized. Each type provides different levels of ultraviolet protection, including no protection (even when coloured). Do not be fooled by the colour of the lenses.

Do the industrial safety glasses fit you?

Industrial safety glasses are made to protect your eyes from hazards such as flying fragments, objects, large chips, and particles. Ensure your safety glasses fit properly. The safety glasses should cover the top of the eyebrow to the cheekbone and across from the nose to the bony area on the outside of the face and eyes. The size of the eye, the bridge size and length of the temple varies with individuals. The industrial safety glasses should be individually assigned and fitted so that gaps between the edges of the device and the face are kept to a minimum. Non-side shield safety glasses are not acceptable for impact hazards. The industrial safety glasses should fit over the temples comfortably and over the ears. The frame should be as close to the face as possible and adequately supported by the bridge of the nose. You should be able to see in all directions without any major obstructions in your field of view.

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