Eye and face protection
Eyes belong to one of our most precious but also most vulnerable senses. Unfortunately, annual eye accidents occur with permanent damage, for example the loss of vision. And an accident is in a small corner, it can be a dust particle but also loose material or lasers, splashes of acids or other liquids. That is why it is very important to wear eye and face protection.
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Dangers to the eyes and the face in the industry
Every work situation requires different eye and face protection, so we have different ones safety glasses en face shields in our catalogue. The biggest dangers to the eyes and the face in the industry are:
- Mechanical hazards: small and large dust particles, shocks;
- Thermal hazards: hot liquids, melt metal, flames;
- Chemical and Biological Hazards: Splashes of acids, solvents, lye, infected blood;
- Radiation hazards: ultraviolet, infrared, visible light, laser;
- Electrical hazards: direct contact, light arc during electrical short circuit.
In the first instance, attention must always be paid to measures that ensure that wearing safety goggles or face shields is not necessary. If this is not possible, the exposure time must be reduced. In other cases safety goggles or face protection must be available. Here we offer the choice of many different types and models. All our eye and face protections comply with European EN standards, view the standards here.
Three main types of eye and face protection
Safety glasses only protect the eyes and are only suitable against dangers such as (coarse) dust, grime chips (chips) and liquid splashes that are not dangerous to the skin. Safety glasses look like glasses on regular glasses, but the lenses are made of tempered glass or special plastic (polycarbonate or acetate) and the frame is made of metal or plastic. Our range contains various safety glasses with different frames for every application. In addition, they are available in different sizes, read here more about the safety glasses. The ambient temperature and the required scratch resistance of the lenses form the basis of the choice for safety goggles.
Safety glasses must comply with the European Standard EN 166 and consist of a frame or frame in which, whether or not interchangeable, there is a lens. Safety glasses have a central lens or two lenses and various types of coating options.
The glasses can be subdivided into three main main types:
Our safety glasses are available in different lens colors. Depending on the work, it must be examined which color lenses are needed. View all here standards.
|Lens color||Protection against||Applications||EN standards|
|Clear PC||Impact and UV||Mechanical work (good view)||AND 166 and EN 169|
|Yellow (amber)||Impact, UV and blue light||Surface inspection, hunting, mechanical work||AND 166 and EN 169|
|Orange||Impact, UV and blue light||Surface inspection, medical treatment, mechanical work||AND 166 and EN 169|
|Gray (smoke)||Impact, scratches, UV light, sunlight and bright rays due to reflection of harmful rays of light||Outdoor work, mechanical work in dazzling light, recreation (cycling, etc.)||AND 166 and EN 172|
|Bronze||Impact, UV, visible and blue light||Outdoor work, mechanical work with dazzling light||AND 166 and EN 172|
|Blue||Impact, UV and bright light||Outdoor work, fabrication of semiconductors, offset printing and equivalent industrial environment with yellow color||AND 166 and EN 172|
|Silver, red-blue mirrored||Impact, scratches, UV light, sunlight and bright rays due to reflection of harmful rays of light||Outdoor work, mechanical work in dazzling light, recreation (cycling, etc.)||AND 166 and EN 172|
|Welding color green or gray||Impact, UV, visible and IR light||Welding 1,7 = assistant welder 3,0 = soldering, cutting 5,0 = autogenous welding, cutting, 7,0 = autogenous welding, soldering, cutting fires||AND 166 and EN 169|
Safety glasses on strength (corrective glasses)
For anyone who needs a correction, the standard safety goggles are not sufficient. A pair of prescription glasses with protective goggles is often not optimal. That is why there is the possibility to have safety goggles made to strength. There are many possibilities for strength, but also color coatings and anti-glare are possible.
In some work situations there is a danger that not only the eyes but also the rest of the face can be hit by, for example, flying pieces of metal, stone, wood or liquid splashes, such as chemicals and cleaning products. In this case, safety goggles or goggles do not provide adequate protection and it is safer to use a face shield, possibly in combination with safety goggles, as these protect the entire face.
Welding helmets and welding shields
With all welding work there is a constant risk for the welder and for those in his immediate vicinity, such as the assistant welder, colleagues and everyone in the vicinity of the welding application. By wearing the correct protection, the welding process can be carried out without danger, if the welder knows the different types of risks and all parts of the body are protected. Many welding and cutting processes release dangerous light radiation. This ultraviolet and infrared radiation can cause eye injuries such as welding eyes. Think of damage to the retina and / or cornea. These injuries can be prevented if proper protection is worn.
All personal protective equipment from the eye and face protection group are CE-approved according to the applicable European EN standards. Below you will find an overview of the most important standards:
- AND 166: 2001: Basic requirements for all eye and face protection.
- AND 167: 2001: Description of all optical test and test methods.
- AND 168: 2001: Description of all non-optical test and test methods.
- AND 169: 2002: Filters for welding and related techniques. Transmission factors and recommended use.
- AND 170: 2002: Ultraviolet (UV) filters. Transmission factors and recommended use.
- AND 171: 2002: Infrared (IR) filters. Transmission factors and recommended use.
- AND 172: 1995 / A2: 2001: Sunlight filters for industrial use.
- AND 175: 1997: Means for eye and face protection during welding.
- AND 207: 2010 / C1: 2002: Filters and eye protection against laser radiation.
- AND 208: 2010: Eye protectors for setting work on lasers and laser systems.
- AND 379: 2003 / A1: 2009: Welding filters with variable protection factor or with two protection factors.
- AND 1731: 2006: Eye and face protection made of woven metal wire for industrial and non-industrial use against mechanical hazards and / or heat.