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Selecting The Most Suitable Pair Of Goggles

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In the workplace, it is important to select a suitable pair of goggles for yourself. Whether you have comfort, convenience, or safety in mind there is a lot more to factor into your decision than you think. To start, eye protection today comes in 3 main forms: spectacles, safety goggles, and sealed eyewear, all with different pros and cons. For example, safety goggles come in many different and unique makes, some are more suitable for one environment than the other, and so on. In this article, we will furnish you with all the information you need to know to make the best choice.

Differences between Spectacles, Safety Goggles, and Sealed Eyewear

Spectacles possess a gap between the lens and the face, which means that if you are working in an area with fine particles, your eyes will be exposed and in danger. Sealed eyewear, while seemingly impervious by name, is vulnerable to liquid, as the foam between the frame and face is not water resistant and would pose a threat if chemical splash hazards are present. That said, sealed eyewear can protect well against impacts and fine particles. Safety goggles might well be the most versatile, providing a full seal around the eyes. They are liquid and particle resistant as well as impact proof and are much preferred by safety managers in unpredictable environments.

Types of Safety Goggles

The ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard for eye and face protection stipulates that workers should wear safety goggles where impact, heat and chemical hazards are present. The three main types of safety goggles are indirect and direct ventilation goggles and closed vent goggles. Indirect-ventilation goggles unlike direct-ventilation, have angled vents that do not provide straight-line passage to the interior. Closed vent goggles have no vents at all.


Fogging is a serious threat to workplace safety. Spectacles are designed to limit incidences of fogging, however, googles are not, and must be coated in special anti-fog coating. Alternatively, some goggles may have dual-pane lenses that help to prevent fogging, especially in cold environments.


Anti-scratch coating is preferred for all eyewear, as damaged lenses can cause distortions leading to headaches and even fatigue. Goggles with optional replacement lens and lens tints may also serve to deal with scratching and offer UV protection.

Comfort and Fit

Finally, how comfortable safety eyewear is to an individual is based on his personal preference. However, there are some features like pivoting straps, over-the-glass (OTG) functionality and good quality materials are more likely to ensure that comfort.

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