How to choose your goggles ?
Safety glasses are an important means of protection, but you’ll need to consider what materials you are going to be using to choose the correct pair.
Start by looking at the following features: strength, shape, level of protection and the level of technical specification that was applied when they were made. The price will vary depending on the use. You won’t need to protect your eyes the same way when working with steel as you will with paint. The risk factor that comes with working with certain types of materials and tools will need to be carefully considered to help you make the best decision.
A distinction is made between safety glasses and safety goggles. Glasses offer less protection but are more comfortable than goggles or shields. Goggles are more protective and allow you to wear your glasses underneath. However, they tend to fog up more easily. To avoid this problem, check for side vents.
Glasses with side protection can be used for longer tasks where less protection may be efficient. Make sure you choose a pair where the shape covers your eyes entirely. Safety glasses are made according to European standards and we recommend you use glasses that comply with the EN 166 standard. Don’t just go for the cheapest option, it’s better to put your eye protection before the cost. Finally, think about comfort. You don’t want to constantly be adjusting your safety eyewear while trying to concentrate on a project.
How do you look after your safety glasses ?
Cleaning and care will depend on what you use your safety glasses for and also the material they are made of. The outer lens should be checked regularly for visibility, and the inner lens should be checked regularly to avoid exposing your eyes to a hazardous material that may have been caught inside.
To clean them, you can use a mild detergent or cleaning solution. Be careful, however, to avoid harsh products such as acetone. You can clean with a soft brush or cloth and once finished, you can rinse your glasses in lukewarm water.
Sometimes small bits of material, including metal, can cause tiny scratches to the lenses that over time will render them unusable. When this happens, you will have to replace them. For maximum use, make sure you regularly remove debris and grit that can damage them. If you wear goggles, check the elasticity of the headband to ensure that it is snug around your head as getting hot and sweaty can make the goggles lose their elasticity.