Buying a fresh pair of protective eyeglasses is much easier than a pair of new eyes. However, mishaps still happen due to people not actively taking safety measures at the workplace to protect their eyes. In a study done by the bureau of labor statistics, three out of five workers who got their eyes injured were not wearing any protection at all. That’s more than sixty percent of all people who sustained eye injuries. This dismal figure can be reduced simply by wearing the right kind of protection as maintained by several ocular experts.
Protection at the workplace is regulated by the standards pertaining to health & safety of face & eyes which are enacted by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). The standards stipulate that it is mandatory for employers to provide safety equipment for all kinds of safety hazards prevailing at work. Suffice to say that compliance with OSHA standards is necessary. To toe the line, companies must choose PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that is created by renowned vendors. 3M is worthy of mentioning here as it has been providing cutting edge PPE for several decades now. This article discusses how 3M DT-4 safety eyewear is the well-suited choice for preventing threats to eye safety in industrial jobs.
Regulation & Eye Safety
Claims pertaining to eye safety done by manufacturers need validation. This should be done by a neutral, unbiased third party approver which plays an active role in ascertaining the quality of any PPE. It also prevents the tall claims made by some manufacturers regarding the quality of their safety equipment.
OSHA standards are congruent to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. The former leans more towards the administrative aspect of implementing safety standards whereas the latter is concerning the quality of protection that a protective gear offers. In particular, ANSI Z787.1 standard remains the hallmark of any industrial eyewear that promises shatterproof durability of the lens against high impact accidents. This is due to the fact that safety eyewear lenses undergo very strict, rigorous processes during testing methods prescribed by ANSI. An object is thrown from a very short distance towards the lens to discern the durability of the lens, which is assessed for any breakage or fragmentation.
Recommended 3M industrial eyewear
Over the years, manufacturing techniques have changed which have enabled vendors to employ smarter methods to provide the best level of safety assurance to users for a higher value than they pay for. Polycarbonate material used in lenses offers ten times sturdy protection as compared to usual plastic or glass. It also helps to achieve compliance with ANSI Z787.1 standard.
3M DT-4 is an apt choice when it comes to keeping your eyes intact. The accompanying brow guard & side shields provide the necessary protection at the sides of your glasses from any projectiles or debris which could severely damage your eyes. All of 3M’s glasses are ANSI Z787.1 certified which automatically makes them OSHA compliant as well.
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