Eye and face protection is one of the most commonly used personal protective products in the industry. According to the CNIB, of an estimated 1,000 eye injuries in North American workplaces each day, about 5 percent will be “debilitating enough to interfere with work on a short or long-term basis.”
Legislation and the Health & Safety Act are clear in their instruction that it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that a worker’s eyes and face are protected from any hazard that might be in the workplace. Having said this, eye and face hazards are one of the simplest hazards to identify and protect against.
It’s simple. If a worker is in danger of having anything, solid or liquid, coming inadvertently in contact with these parts of the body, then the worker needs to protect accordingly.
With legislation like this in place, it is no wonder that most industries are wearing some type of eye protection. However, foam-lined safety glasses are quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing segments in eye and face protection. If you or your employees are currently not wearing foam-lined safety glasses, here are the top 4 reasons why you should consider upgrading your eyewear protection.
1. Reduce Injury Risks
Even though most industries have implemented eye and face protection programs for their employees, what we are seeing is that injuries are still occurring because dust, dirt and debris are getting behind the eyewear and causing injury to the individual. Upgrading to foam-lined safety glasses can greatly reduce these types of injuries because the foam provides a better seal around the eye and mitigates risk. Essentially that will reduce lost-time injuries and insurance claims which are a major reason for companies adopting foam-lined safety glasses.
Industries like oil and gas, mining (above and below ground) and aggregates have recognized the value and benefits of foam-lined safety glasses and have upgraded.
Any outdoor work in windswept conditions or dusty and dirty environments like construction are ideal candidates for upgrading their eye and face protection to foam-lined safety glasses like the Sand Viper™, DustDevil™, SentecDX™ and CeeTecDX™. The design features include:
- Vented EVA Foam – Prevents eye injuries from wind, dust and debris. Hypo-allergenic.
- Fog-Free System – Clear vision and durability with anti-fog, scratch-resistant lens coating.
- Optional Strap – For a secure goggle-like fit for the Sand Viper™, DustDevil™ and CeeTec™. No tools are required.
- Impact Protection.
- Replacement foam liner is available on the DustDevil™, SenTecDX™ and CeeTecDX™.
2. Increased Visibility
With masks being mandatory in the workplace right now in the post-pandemic world, the fogging of eye protection has become a major issue for most. Foam does not prevent the fogging but the anti-fog coating on the lens does. All of Dentec Safety’s line of foam-lined safety glasses has a unique anti-fog coating that prevents moisture and fogging which is not only an inconvenience to the worker but can hinder vision which creates another hazard in the workplace. Reduced visibility or vision impairment leads to an increased risk of accidents and can interfere with an employee’s job performance and quality of work.
3. Increased Comfort
When it comes to comfort and fit, there is no comparison when you upgrade your basic safety glasses to foam-lined eye protection. When you make the upgrade to foam-lined safety glasses to options like the Sand Viper™, DustDevil™, CeeTee™DX or SenTec™DX you also benefit from the features that provide a secure comfortable fit, even in hot and humid conditions. There’s nothing worse or more annoying than having to constantly readjust your safety glasses from slipping down your nose or off your face while trying to maintain focus on the task at hand on the job site. All of Dentec’s foam-lined safety glasses stay where they are supposed to in order to provide an optimal level of protection.
Dentec Safety recently launched the NEW SenTecDX™ the best of two types of foam-lined eye protection. The SenTecDX™ provides a true goggle fit without the discomfort and appearance of a goggle. The spring-loaded temple arms and rubberized temple tips provide a secure and comfortable fit with no pressure along the temple area. Its low-profile removable insert, intended to prevent foreign particles from entering the eyes, features a foam material providing an effective seal around the eye. The unique shape of the SenTecDX™ safety spectacle also allows it to provide an excellent fit when wearing a respirator, particularly the Dentec family of reusable respirators Comfort-Air® and disposable respirators Comfort-Ease®.
The NEW stylish SenTecDX™ lightweight comfort and protection also boosts special design features like:
- Replaceable Foam Insert – Prevents eye injuries caused by airborne dust and debris. Simple removal for easy cleaning. Hypo-allergenic foam.
- Anti-Fog System – Combines high-performance scratch-resistant anti-fog coating with vented foam for proper airflow.
- Non-Slip Comfort.
- Blocks Harmful UV – Polycarbonate lenses block 99.9% of harmful UVA and UVB rays.
- High-Impact Protection.
- CSA certified and meets ANIS standards.
According to Dentec Safety President & Founder Claudio Dente, “Dentec’s Sentec™ line now has a new replaceable foam insert that will add protection against dust and debris. This works well in construction for concrete cutting and drywall sanding, metal and woodworking, and other applications for trades such as textile workers, cleaners, and miners”.
4. More Affordable
There was a time when foam- lined safety glasses came with a hefty price tag, but in the last 10 years thanks to improvements in technology and materials, they have come way down in price and are much more affordable. According to Dentec Safety Specialist Craig Lafferty, “even though you are spending a little more money to upgrade your eyewear protection, your risk and injury claims can decrease dramatically when you switch to foam-lined eyewear. These upgrades can result in huge cost savings. In 2021, being able to provide affordable foam-lined eye protection to your entire crew is a lot more reasonable. Any organization can increase safety compliance without increasing budget.”
Learn more about the different types of eye and face protection available by checking out our wide range of products and solutions.
Dentec Safety is a leading manufacturer and distributor of safety products in North America since 2004. Dentec Safety is dedicated to providing the highest quality safety products and solutions delivering enhanced value and comfort. Our expertise from decades of experience in Industrial Safety and our innovative design technologies have solidified us as thought leaders in the field. Protection and comfort are at the core of everything we do at Dentec. As a leading manufacturer of Safety Solutions, it is our mission to help organizations do the right thing, keep their employees safe and exceed Industry Health & Safety Standard.