Prescription Safety Glasses.
Many things have changed in the world of safety glasses in the last few years.
The previous Australian Standard revised in 1987,stated prescription safety glasses could only be legally manufactured to low impact standards.
Workers needing glasses, but doing jobs with medium impact hazards, such as machining and grinding metals, could only wear special prescription inserts under their goggles or wear safety ‘over spectacles’ on top of their normal prescription glasses.
These measures resulted in problems with fogging, restricted vision and restricted movements, as well as employee discomfort.
The new AS/NZS 1337.6:2007: Personal eye protection – Prescription eye protectors against low and medium impact stipulates that prescription safety glasses must comply with new medium impact requirements.
No glass lenses, even hardened ones, meet the new standard. The standard also stipulates requirements for the frames. Both the lenses and the frame will have indicators on them to enable safety authorities to check that any spectacles worn comply with impact protection standards.
The change to Australian Standard AS/NZS 1337.6 also requires manufacturers of prescription safety glasses to be licensed.
Industrial prescription safety glasses from certified manufacturers will carry a number of specific markings on the lens and frames and a certificate with the manufacturer's licence number for tracking if required.
The cost of new or replacement prescription safety glasses that must now meet the new standard are expected to be borne by employers, who have a duty of care to provide protective equipment for workers.
To get the right safety glasses for your profession, come and ask to see our ranges of certified frames. Like the many changes in standards, safety glasses have become not only functional for both indoor and outdoor professions, but also have a look to suit most peoples needs.