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FEATURE HEALTH & SAFETY


GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR What you need to know


Bollé I Brammer


t’s well known that eye injuries in the workplace are very common. This


highly vulnerable area can easily be struck by small particles or damaged by objects hitting or grazing the eyes. When you add to the mix that many individuals work without sufficient protection to shield them, injuries are even more likely to occur. To put this in perspective, recent data shows that 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day, resulting in one or more missed workdays to recover from the injury. Furthermore, 10-20 per cent of those eye injuries will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. In America eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, expenses and worker compensation. All these statistics show the impact


poor eye protection can have on the employee’s quality of life. However, there is some good news, experts believe that the roght eye protection could have lessened the severity or prevented 90 per cent of eye injuries and accidents.


APPLICATION The majority of workplace eye injuries occur due to flying or falling objects, or sparks. These objects travel at great speed towards the eye and require significant protection to repel or minimise the power of the travelling object. It’s important to consider the type of protection required depending on the application as the wrong one or ‘any one’ could put employees at risk. It’s also easy to think that normal glasses will do, and offer the required impact resistance. This is not the case, as all safety glasses and goggles are created to meet specific standards in order to decrease the risk of injury. When it comes to normal prescription glasses, they’re not engineered to meet the same criteria and therefore do not protect against eye injuries occurring in a work environment. Today, this should never need to be the case with prescription safety glasses which meet an individual


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employee’s requirements readliy available. Bollé for example offers a whole range of prescription safety glasses that are compliant with EN166, meaning employees no longer have to chose between compromising their vision, or their safety.


COMPLIANCE Safety glasses should be worn at all times where safety needs to be considered but unfortunately, PPE does have a reputation for being both uncomfortable and unflattering, which results mainly from people not wearing the correct type in the first place. This can lead to employees not wanting to wear the health and safety equipment provided, putting themselves at risk. However, eyewear specialists are now starting to realise this, and Bollé Safety is one of them. The result is a marketplace of constant innovation to bring effective protection solutions - that are stylish to wear - to each trade and sector. Blending design and technical performance sees safety glasses created that are adapted to suit the shape of the


face in attractive colours and premium materials. Also, the role of comfort in supporting compliance can also not be undervalued. Bollé Safety believes that everyone can find a comfortable fit that is perfectly adapted to their face shape. When this is done and both style and comfort is blended together, it creates PPE that users want to wear day after day.


PRIORITY For many businesses it is easy for safety spectacles and goggles to fall to the bottom of the priority list. Unfortunately, this can often see the one size fits all approach adopted, where companies end up investing in poorly fitting or unsuitable protective eyewear that fogs or scratches too easily. Although eye injuries are not often life threatening, they can still have a damaging impact on a worker’s life, as even simple scratching caused by dust or metal slivers can cause vision complications. The statistics show the risks and chances of eye injury being a commonality, therefore it makes sense for the right steps to be taken to ensure the right PPE is provided to protect an employees eyes on the job. With an increasing amount of comfortable and stylish safety wear now available, investing in equipment is the right business decision.


www.bolle-safety.com www.brammer.co.uk


SAFETY UNLIMITED PUSHES BACK THE BOUNDARIES T


he new, unrivalled and highly versatile Pushback System from critical storage specialist, Safety Unlimited allows you to stack pallets containing any permutation of drums or IBC’s within the same


ultra accessible, time and space saving unit. Drums are four per pallet and IBCs two at a time across a total of 24 pallets two deep, on two levels. How does it work? Place the first pallet on the Pushback cradle, on the shelf, and push back the next pallet against the first one. When you take a pallet off of the shelf the next pallet flides forward. This is based on a safe, proven, pallet rack system including thoughtful colour coding of the internal structure to ensure correct placement. Each unit measures 8,900mm x 3,200mm x 3,300mm (LxDxH) in any colour scheme and made from


2.5mm profiled Steel Sheet over 50mm x 50mm x 3mm RHS tube. Designed to comply with the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations and current Environmental and Health & Safety legislation, including Frame Arrested high and low ventilation. There are padlockable sliding doors situated on one of the 8.9mm


sides of the unit - plus a fully seam welded leak proof anti corrosive sump over the entire base area to a depth of 220mm and capacity of over 6,000 litres. The Safety Unlimited Push Back concept literally galvanises your best practice storage with a Galvanised roof and guttering and removable Galvanised Grid flooring. All finished in Chemical/Corrosion Resistant paint.


For further details call Safety Unlimited on 01702 42000 or visit www.safetyunlimited.co.uk / FACTORYEQUIPMENT


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