Regulation

Regulation

Let's separate the myths from the facts surrounding eye protection 
Ski goggles can protect effectively in industrial environments.

 

The standards used for governing sport products such as ski goggles vs. products designed for use in the industrial safety market are completely different.  Products worn in the US industrial safety market are evaluated for compliance using ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) standards which is the primary organization fostering the development of technology standards in the United States. ANSI works with industry groups and is the US member of ISO (the International Organization for Standardization).  Compliance with ANSI is compulsory for all eye protection sold into the US industrial safety market and products are tested for hazards such as: impact, heat, chemical, dust and optical radiation. This approach allows users to select the appropriate protection based on potential hazards. Conversely sports products such as ski goggles are governed by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials).  In the US, testing of sport eyewear products to the ASTM standard is voluntary.

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All protective eyewear products must conform to the standards of each country where it is sold.  In Europe, the standard is the EN standard; products sold in the United States must meet ANSI standards; Australia has the AS/NZS standard; and Canada must adhere to the CSA standard.

The same standards apply to all protective equipment around the world.

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The lightweight, impact resistance and scratch resistance of polycarbonate far outweigh that of plastic. In addition, polycarbonate absorbs 100% of UV and can withstand extreme temperatures from -80 ° C to + 135 ° C. With superior safety performance over time, it is the ideal material for protective and sports glasses.
There is no difference between plastic or polycarbonate lenses.

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Indeed nylon is distinguished by a great flexibility and a very good resistance to wear, chemicals (fuel oil, paint, lacquer, lubricants ...) and the heat. However, it does not offer a very good moisture resistance, hence poor performance in a wet environment or other materials will be more relevant.
Our thoughts on Nylon in Safety Eyewear

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I am not legally obliged to wear protective glasses.

 
Everything depends on the internal rules of each company, which specifies the obligations of those employees. 

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The safety of employees is an obligation for all companies that must check all these boxes:

☐ Identify all risks in the workplace and assess the level of risk

☐ Remove the risk, set up collective protective measures and if this is not possible or is insufficient, provide personal protective equipment

☐ Consult the companies Workplace Health & Safety

☐ Select PPE adapted to the risks to be covered and check the validity of this choice

☐ Inform employees of the risk, the conditions for use of the PPE and the instructions

☐ Train employees in the use of PPE

☐ Provide employees with their own PPE free of charge

☐ Ensure the PPE is actually used and is used properly

☐ Ensure the condition of the PPE remains compliant

☐ Check PPE regularly
Companies can't be responsible for everything.