Safety glasses serve a wide range of purposes depending on their style and build. Most protective eyewear is designed simply to help shield the eyes from debris moving at high speeds, however, with advances in both lens technology and surface coatings safety sunglasses can now be used for all sorts of proactive eye protection such as:
- Working with dangerous liquids
- Operating machinery or open air vehicles at high speeds
- Welding of other activities with high heat impact
Beyond impact-resistant lens and frames, it is very important to note that safety glasses must be properly fit to the user’s head and face to be effective. Gaps around the eyes can allow for harmful flying objects to still impact the eye, potentially causing permanent injury or in extreme cases death.
It is estimated that 1,000 people suffer an eye injury in the workplace every day, with over 70% of these injuries being caused by flying or falling objects.
When shopping for eye protection it is important to look for products that meet the specific and nuanced requirements of your intended use. Common threats are:
- Sea Spray
- Flying objects, most often sports objects such as a ball or puck
These Aren’t Your Father’s Safety Glasses
Safety glasses have come a long way since your Chemistry 101 class. Clear safety glasses are now available with stylish wrap around frames featuring Oakley™ like wrap around lenses.
Lens are now made in almost all colors, with the most popular finishes being mirrored and polarized, available in clear, blue, amber, yellow, and many others.
High Visibility Shooting Glasses
Required Uses For Safety Glasses
According to OSHA’s eye and face protection standard 29 CFR 1910.133, workers are required to use eye and face protection when exposed to eye and face hazards such as flying objects, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.
Pricing and Where to Purchase
According to Wikipedia’s listing for common safety glass pricing, standard market prices for safety glasses usually start around $20:
Prices depend on the manufacturing cost, quality, wavelength protection, and type of goggle/lens and may range from US$20 for a single lens to thousands of dollars for a set of specialized goggles.
Stylish high-impact safety glasses can be purchase from Traffic Safety Store for nearly 50% less than the market rate.