Everyone knows the saying “less is more,” and in most cases, it seems to be true. But when it comes to prescription safety eyewear, it is essential to purchase the right pair even if that means spending a little more. Those few extra dollars will ensure a proper fit and fewer issues in the long run. They can even prevent fogging!
Quality Ventilation and Coatings Contribute to Fog-Free Vision
While it is true that a secure, gap-free fit will keep debris out, too tight of a fit can lead to fogging. Fogging occurs when an individual creates heat from exertion on the job, transitions between extreme temperatures, or is in humid working conditions. When fog occurs, it can make a worker’s vision blurry and subject them to injury if not careful. If the individual is to remove the eyewear to wipe it clear, they can also put themselves in a position where their eyes are unprotected.
For hot and humid conditions, your workers need safety eyewear with built-in ventilation to combat condensation. Some styles have incorporated air vents in their frame to promote airflow and help reduce fogging but still maintain a secure fit. Advanced anti-fog coatings are also effective at keeping a clear vision in extreme environments, and anti-fog wipes are useful for on-the-spot fog removal. All of these options are effective in keeping your workers less distracted with their vision clear.
Less is Not More
When it comes to purchasing safety eyewear, don’t skimp on the cost to save a few dollars upfront. Paying a little extra for a high-quality pair can prevent a company from spending money on unplanned and preventable expenses that can happen because of fogging or other incidents. OSHA reports on injury and illness show that companies that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent and see a return of $4 to $6 for every dollar invested. Every little dollar that is put forward at first can take your company a long way in supporting your workers’ eye care protection.
A hypothetical example from the International Safety Equipment Association illustrates how an eye injury can cost a company nearly $1 million but could have been prevented with a $5 pair of safety eyewear or $10 pair of goggles. That puts it in perspective for most companies.
It becomes an easy choice when employers realize they don’t want to pay for workplace eye injury costs and would rather purchase high-quality safety eyewear from the beginning. At SafeVision, we are here to help you make the right decision, find the right fit (without fogging), and save you money before the injuries occur.