An alarming number of all reported eye injuries occur in the workplace, ranging from mild eye strain to more severe injuries, with the potential to cause permanent damage, vision loss and blindness. Protecting workers from eye injuries can be a challenge. However, with the use of proper eyewear, it is estimated that 90% of recorded eye injuries are preventable. Keeping eye injuries at bay requires every employee to consistently wear the appropriate protective eyewear, at all times, but is it really that simple?
The eye is an intricate and highly delicate organ, with permanent vision loss occurring from relatively minor injuries. Any job that involves airborne particles or hazardous substances carries the risk of eye trauma. The bulk of eye injuries take place when workers do not use protective eyewear, or do not wear the proper type:
Most workplace eye injuries attributed to impact, dust, chemicals, heat, ultraviolet radiation and visible radiation can be avoided by taking simple precautions for a lifetime of good vision. That is, by wearing eye protection, and above all, ensuring that it is suits the task at hand and complies with relevant local standards for industrial applications.
Wearing the wrong kind of eye protection can be just as hazardous as not wearing any at all. When selecting the correct protective eyewear, you need to consider the following factors:
In 2017, two of the most trusted brands in protective eyewear, 3M and Scott Safety, were brought together. We are now continuing the next step forward with our new look packaging for the same models you have come to love as we focus on workplace eye safety to provide cutting edge safety solutions you can count on. Our range is available in a wide spectrum of tints and styles that include the following features and benefits (dependant on the model selected):
3M™ Scotchgard™ Protector Anti-Fog Coating
3M™ Pressure Diffusion Temple Technology
Multiple lens colours
Removable foam-lined gasket
When it comes to compliance, acceptance and use; comfort, style, protection, compatibility and fit are all equally important. Below we highlight our Focus 5 range. Premium and stylish protective eyewear that takes comfort and security to the next level to meet the demands of all applications, be it metalworking, oil and gas, construction, utilities, and other physically demanding environments where protective eyewear is required.
3M™ Solus™ 1000 series protective eyewear features 3M™ Scotchgard™ Anti-fog lens coating which helps workers see clearly, longer - providing longer lasting fog resistance than traditional anti-fog coatings. Removable temples enable the use of the optional strap. Optional foam gasket helps reduce eye exposure.
3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 400 Series comes with a variety of features, because having options in protective eyewear can be critical. Workers can choose from several lenses and features, like a removable foam gasket.
The 3M™ Helios spectacle offers unsurpassed vision clarity and comfort. Its design incorporates functionality and style without compromising safety. Available in multiple lens tints and coating options the Helios spectacle protects against a broad range of eyesight hazards in various industrial and working environments.
The 3M™ Buster safety spectacle offers medium impact protection in a lightweight, comfortable fashionable style with floating lens.
The 3M™ Bark Hut is a multi-functional eye protection spectacle. It combines high wearer appeal with excellent eye sealing capabilities.
The portfolio of 3M™ Eye Protection products offers quality eyewear that provides an optimal balance of comfort, protection and design; delivering comfortable, high-quality solutions for a variety of industrial applications.
Workplace eye injuries can affect workers of all ages in nearly every industry. With your safety in our sights, we research and develop high-quality eye protection solutions for your work, your environment and your unique optical requirements. 3M is dedicated to advancing protection in sight, helping ensure that you return home from work with your vision intact and your sight uncompromised. Eye protection is a critical item of PPE in the workplace. Need help choosing the right eye protection? Have concerns about the right fit? Reach out to a 3M Safety Specialist for more information or explore our Protective Eyewear Catalogue.