Safety glasses are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect the eyes from various workplace hazards. They are typically made from strong, impact-resistant materials and have features designed to shield or enclose the eye area. Here are some of the key characteristics of safety glasses:
- Impact-Resistant Lenses: Safety glasses have lenses made of polycarbonate or Trivex, which are much stronger and more impact-resistant than the materials used in regular eyeglasses.
- Side Shields: Some safety glasses have side shields to protect the peripheral vision area from flying particles or chemicals.
- Anti-Fog Coatings: Many safety glasses come with anti-fog coatings or vents to prevent the lenses from fogging up in hot or humid conditions.
- UV Protection: Safety glasses often provide protection against ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can harm the eyes.
Safety glasses should be selected based on the specific hazards present in the work environment, and they should be worn consistently for the protection to be effective. Regular inspection and cleaning are also important to maintain the effectiveness of the glasses.
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