Recently we concluded an extensive research programme to help further understand the needs of specifier and wearers of above-the-neck personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. We view ‘the head’ as the total head (including brain, eyes, ears, mouth etc.) and focus exclusively and relentlessly on safeguarding it. Work injuries above-the-neck are, after all, the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. We believe that by protecting the head, the creativity and judgement that shape our world is safeguarded.
A mix of different research methods helped gain insights from more than 250 UK specifiers and wearers who focus on the key aspects of selecting, purchasing, testing and ultimately wearing above-the-neck PPE solutions.
When asked to rank (between 1-10) the key factors when selecting PPE, the research highlighted specifiers, purchasers and wearers continue to place considerable importance on:
for the wearer (55% stated 9-10 in importance)
of the product with other equipment (45% stated 9-10 in importance)
how it contributes to company and wearer’s image (19% stated 7-10 in importance)
There are several benefits to considering integrated eyewear in a head protection system:
Within EN 166 there are different grades of impact strength given to eyewear and face protection. Standalone safety spectacles conform to grade F (low energy impact). Integrated eyewear systems can often provide a higher level of impact protection.
The first and only to incorporate Grade A eye protection
EASIER & LESS EXPENSIVE TO ACCOMMODATE SPECTACLE WEARERS:
The donning of prescription glasses in the general population is increasing globally. In East Asia, for example, 80-90% of urban 18yr olds+ suffer from near-sightedness. In the UK, the rate of people wearing prescription glasses has increased 8% over the last 5 years, from 61% in 2011 to 69% in 2016.
For the UK, this poses a Health and Safety challenge in that, of the 17.4million people (of working age in UK) in manual roles; 12 million of these will be wearing prescription glasses whilst conducting their day-to-day work.Click here to download the full article
Health & Safety officers and facilities managers continue to site frequent loss or damage of the safety spectacles issued to the workforce.
Over a prolonged period, through the reduction of loss and damage to eyewear, a good integrated safety helmet system can save signifficant cost. According to our 2015 extensive market study, companies can save up to 29% (versus a premium safety helmet and standalone safety spectacles) annually per worker.Click here to download the full article
Within EN 166, there are speciffic requirements for optical quality and shading. As with standalone safety eyewear, integrated solutions can be specified with different coatings and shades, all specific to the task at hand and are completely interchangeable for when tasks require different lenses. Ultimately there are multiple options in terms of shape, fit, and shades of integrated eyewear, ensuring there is a smart solution available that can be tailored to the most dynamic working environments.Click here to download the full article