Safety Eyewear Without Fogging

Don’t let smoke into your eyes or foreign objects.

At least smoke has dissipated from recent Tathra fires.

Some frame and lens materials have better heat resistance  and antifogging properties than others.  Fire grade positive seals of protective eyewear in cases of recent Tathra fires would have been ideal in reducing eye inflammation from smoke as would correct masks and respirators.

​Should safety eyewear fog up under hot or steamy conditions, and if removed increased exposure to a possible variety of hazards could ensue.

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Sixty per cent of all eye injuries happen in the workplace ,so every workplace, regardless of industry, should have eye safety procedures. Many people need education in this regard. ​​

Radiation damage and the eye

  • UVC 100 – 280nm. Blocked by the earth’s atmosphere. No ocular absorption.
  • UVB 280 – 315nm. Absorbed into the cornea. UVB can directly damage skin cells’ DNA and are the main rays that cause sunburn. They are thought to cause most skin cancers .Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer in the world. Eighty per cent of BCCs occur in the head and neck region, of which 20 per cent occur on the eyelids,
  • UVA 315 – 380nm. Transmitted into the ocular media. The longer the wavelength, the deeper the penetration. These rays are linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers.

Gamma rays, X-rays, and high ultraviolet radiation  can be a health hazard as it penetrates the body and will transmit through spectacle glasses though it will appear denser than soft tissues. This ionising radiation can cause  cell damage ( from spectroscopy studies) as opposed to the nonionising radiation of visible light wavelengths and lower . 

The longer wavelength and lower energy  microwaves and radio waves will penetrate the body with some absorption. The eyes are one of the most sensitive organs in the body for microwaves. The microwaves excite the water molecules in the body and cause heat damage effects at high levels. 
Special shielding similar to faraday cages is required to block this kind of radiation, glasses do not prevent transmission
All standards  for electromagnetic radiation transmitting equipment, including those emitting microwave radiation, set safe limits, which are much below what will cause damage to the body.
Though the sun emits all of the different kinds of electromagnetic radiation, 99% of its rays are in the form of visible light, ultraviolet rays, and infrared rays (also known as heat). 

​Type of Hazard
​High speed particle
Impact resistant lens (Polycarbonate);  Lens coverage / size; side shields; Impact resistant frame or face shield; Lens stability and bevel profile. 
​Blunt trauma
Impact resistant lens; Lens coverage; impact resistant frame or protective google; Lens stability.
​Sealed goggle, ventilation and fogging; Scratch resistant protection front and back lens surface.
​Radiation (including UV) & Heat
 Non-conducting frame; radiation protection and face shield; visible light control (welding); lens stability in frame; coating stability.

Non-conducting frame
Chemical or biological spatter 
​Sealed goggle, ventilation and fogging; Ease of decontamination
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Australian standards eye protection

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Eye injuries in the workplace are most commonly caused by grinding and welding, usually in the fishing, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and mining industries . ​

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Eye accidents can change lives forever,even for children with laser pointers
​Not wearing eye protection such as uvex overspecs,full vision googles or faceshields,or prescription safety glasses can lead to eye injury.
How can you ensure compliance with Australian Standards?
The best assurance is the use of the Standards Mark. Our suppliers  are certified to use the Standards Mark. ​
electromagnetic spectrum

Whilst Solar UVC is absorbed by the atmosphere, artificial sources of UVC may still be present.
Depending on the properties of the material different wavelengths of UV and visible radiation will either transmit through the lens or be blocked or reflected.  This is the case for UVC, UVB and UVA. Not all contact lenses will block UV transmission, just as not all prescription lenses block UV.
Ocular absorption depends on the wavelengths and the age of the eye.

Sunglasses sold in Australia are not permitted to transmit UVB greater the 0.05% of total transmission, and, no more than 0.5% of total transmission of UVA, even less if the glasses are a category 4 sunglass. Because sunglasses are designed to protect against the sun and there is no UVC at ground level, UVC is not required to be tested. Occupational lenses need to be tested The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1338.1:2012 Filters for eye protectors – Filters for protection against radiation generated in welding and allied operations and AS/NZS 1338.2:2012 Filters for eye protectors – Filters for protection against ultraviolet radiation regulates eye protection in the workplace for occupations both indoors and outdoors where artificial UV radiation may reach potentially hazardous levels.  ​

Safety glasses,goggles,faceshields

Safety glasses allow air around the eye area as opposed to a seal  against the face, to avoid  dust and splashes.
Face shields provide further protection and can also be worn over the safety eyewear

​AS/NZS 1336: Recommended practices in occupational eye protection

Section 4 deals with the use of personal eye protectors in industrial settings and gives examples of specific hazards together with recommended eye protection. 

Section 7 deals with prescription eye protectors. 

​AS/NZS 1337: Occupational eye and face protection
This Standard sets down the requirements for non-prescription eye protection.

There are four critical elements in compliant prescription eyewear.
1.) Appropriate frame
2.) Appropriate lens material and thickness
3.) Appropriate fitting
4.) Labelling and assuring compliance

Most eye injuries and even smoke related inflammation can be prevented by the use of proper protective eyewear. People who already suffer from eye conditions such as dry eye, blepharitis, or allergic conjunctivitis are especially susceptible to the burning and stinging eye pain that smoke can cause. Keeping artificial tears in the refrigerator and cold compress over your eyes is also soothing. Stay indoors. Particularly if you have an underlying condition that makes you more sensitive to the smoke, such as dry eye, Protect your eyes . Specialty designed eyewear  can be  prescribed to patients with dry eye and can be a great option for anyone experiencing sensitivity to smoke in the air as close-fitting glasses or sunglasses will provide at least some barrier that slows the stream of air going into your eyes. Improve your indoor air with an air filter. ​Wind makes the moisture in your eyes evaporate so lubricating drops can help against exposure and heat. Humidifiers can be helpful .Direct and refected UV exposure can cause inflammation of the eye, skin cancer and cataracts and so it should be a year round priority to wear sunglasses.

Stop the fog on your glasses and protect your eyes

The  interior water vapor condenses onto a single  lens because the lens is colder than the vapor, although anti-fog agents can be used. 
Antifogging eywear generally have two layers of airtight lenses (innner lens warmer outer lens colder) to prevent the interior from becoming “foggy” by keeping the temperature of the inner lens  close to that of the interior water vapour
Ventilation safety glasses can prevent sweat from building up inside.

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Fogging is the number one vision-related barrier to wearing safety eyewear. 
SAI global certified anti-fog coatings are now available.
Handy belt cases can have them at the ready,so you not caught out. 

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Clip-ons  Attached to a prescription spectacle or plano-lens frame,normally when glare is the only risk.

Overglasses  Need to have correct fit/instability. 
Wide vision  Safety glasses   –  often resembling sunglasses. Additions such as frame collars provide peripheral protection.
Inserts – Eye protectors with a prescription  carrier.

Wide vision goggles –  Flexible frame or rigid with a separate cushioned fitting surface and headband. 

Welding goggles – added protective measures for welding with air vents and anti-fog coatings.

Face shields can provide additional  protection against extreme temperatures to the face, blasts and high impact 

Smoke being a mixture of chemicals in gaseous, liquid and solid forms contains different-sized smoke particles .

Smoking tobacco is detrimental as is  smoke  in your eyes.

Generally eye irritation from smoke can be relieved by flushing with  artificial tears and the use of a cold compresses depending upon the circumstances.

Prescription safety eyewear allows

• Increased comfort,improved vision 
• Reduced weight.more fashionable
• Less reflection, Less restriction on movement and visual field

Other goggle types and uses

Swimming goggles will not be usable more than a few feet underwater, which requires a diving mask must be used.
Blowtorch goggles are not the correct filters for arc welding which requires radiation proteection
Sports protection  to prevent eye injury  eg racketball sports
Astronomy and meteorology uses: dark adaption before going outside at night, in order to help the eyes adapt to the dark.
Virtual reality 
Keep those sunnies handy,in car,on water and in the wind
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