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The eyes are called the window to the soul, and sight is arguably the sense that connects us most to the world around us. With this in mind, it makes sense to protect your peepers from harm’s way whenever you can, but it can be hard to always know when you should wear safety goggles. If choosing to don PPE eyewear it’s important to know what kind of workplaces and DIY projects might put your eyes at risk, as well as understanding which goggles will suit you best.
There are a number of reasons to wear safety goggles and glasses, given that they protect your eyes from all manner of dust, debris, and even germs and infections. It’s also vital that you understand the difference between safety glasses and goggles, and have a good idea of which suits your needs best. Things you have to take into account include the hazards of your workplace, your own needs in terms of sight (glasses/no glasses), and the degree of protection you require. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to safety goggles.
The first patented “eye protectors” were invented by P. Johnson, an African American in 1880, designed to protect the eyes of firefighters and furnace workers. It wasn’t until 1909 that the first “safety goggles” were born, known as SANIGLAS and developed by the Julius King Optical Company. Since their inception safety goggles were improved upon and developed for various workplaces and hobbies, including cycling and motoring, transforming over the years from heavy glass lenses to the tough plastic-based variety that’s most common today.
PPE eye protection is not all created equally, and it mostly comes in the form of either safety glasses or safety goggles. Those terms may seem like synonyms but in reality, they’re quite different.
Safety glasses take the shape of regular glasses and are fortified to provide extra protection compared to prescription and sunglasses. They’re often coated with anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment to help you maintain sight if they are stricken, and many of them wrap around the eyes to offer protection from more angles. Certain vendors provide safety glasses with prescription lenses so visually impaired professionals can work without compromising their vision. Safety glasses are often considered a more comfortable and stylish option, however, the nature of their design leaves your eyes somewhat more open to harm.
Safety goggles on the other hand are generally designed to offer more complete protection for the eyes, being worn with a strap that wraps around the back of your head. They’re larger and chunkier than safety glasses but are considered a safer option for jobs with more potential hazards. Many manufacturers now develop and sell variations of their product so you can comfortably wear safety goggles over glasses, as to not compromise the sight of those with prescriptions.
Safety goggles or other forms of eye protection can save your eyes a lot of trouble in a multitude of workplaces, jobs, and DIY projects, including:
When it comes to purchasing your PPE eyewear you must consider what it is that you’re protecting your eyes from, so here are a few things that you should look out for when making a purchase.
At NoCry we have a whole range of safety goggles and safety glasses available to keep your peepers protected at work or at home. Our PPE eyewear range covers all the bases for every different workplace and is affordably priced, because safety shouldn’t break the bank.
Whether you need a pair of stylish Anti Fog Safety Glasses, goggles that can withstand extreme impacts, or even a pair of work sunglasses that you can wear over your prescription lenses, come to us and we can kit you out. Take the route of no more tears, and check out NoCry’s range of effective and fairly priced safety wear.