Choosing lens tint

How to pick the right tinted safety glasses for your job

Safety glasses come in numerous shapes and styles, but do you know how to choose the right tinted safety glasses for your job?
 
Safety glasses are available in many different tints that serve many different purposes, depending on the job at hand and your environment. 

Why does choosing the right lens matter?

The number one reason is safety!

Safety
When you’re wearing the right colour of tinted lenses, not only will this help protect your eyes from the hazards of the job at hand, but your eyes can feel less fatigued from strain that can result from different working conditions. This reduced fatigue can result in fewer
instances of workers removing eyewear from their face due to discomfort, thereby keeping them safer. It’s also important to look for eyewear that meets CSA Z94.3, which means it has passed impact testing and other safety requirements that can help protect your eyes.
 
Health
The right eyewear can help reduce light sensitivities, eye strain and headaches for wearers.
Polycarbonate lenses contain UVA and UVB coatings, which help protect eyes from light
conditions that can damage them and increase a wearer’s risk of developing eye disease,
including cataracts. Different people have different needs, and choosing the right lens tints
can be beneficial to a worker’s health.
 
Productivity
Certain lens tints provide contrast and can help workers see fine details better and more easily. This can help workers complete certain tasks more accurately and quickly.
 
Comfort
When personal protective equipment (PPE) is comfortable, workers are more likely to
wear it and keep it on. This is why 3M produces so many different styles of safety
eyewear and encourages sampling different pairs of safety glasses to see what will work
for a worker’s individual face size and shape. To help objectively measure comfort and fit,
we developed the 3M™ Eyewear Fit Testing System to help measure gaps and fit
around the eyes to promote optimal protection and comfort.
 

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