Who needs them?
Regulations state personal eye protectors are required “In areas where a significant risk from eye and face hazards exists and it is not possible to eliminate or control eye and face hazards, personal eye and face protectors shall be provided and worn at all times by persons working in or passing through such areas (AS/NZS 1336:2014 4.1)”. If you are in an environment where there are potential hazards and need of eye protection “Every effort should be made to eliminate eye and face hazards by means of appropriate engineering methods (AS/NZS 1336:2014 2.1)”. The employers should maintain safety measures by reviewing the measures regularly to ensure the effectiveness of the safety measures is maintained (AS/NZS 1336:2014 2.2).
If you are unsure whether you need safety glasses or you need to supply safety glasses for your employees please see table 4.1 of AS/NZS 1336:2014).
Benefits of prescription safety eyewear
Compared with previous methods used to obtain medium impact protection, prescription safety glasses have the following advantages:
- Increased comfort
- Improved vision leading to greater precision and efficiency while working
- Reduced weight
- More fashionable look
- Less reflection
- Less restriction of visual field
- Ease in movements
- Better employee compliance reducing the potential lost time through injuries
- When employees experience ‘ownership’ of protective eyewear they may be less likely to regard them as disposable and therefore will tend to take better care of the glasses
At Matamata Vision Care we pride ourselves on our full comprehensive eye examinations. All our adult eye examinations include retinal photos and visual field screening tests. We recommend everyone to get an eye examination every two years.
If you wear prescription safety glasses “the wearer should have an eye examination at no greater than two yearly intervals at which time the prescription eye protectors can be inspected (AS/NZS 1336:2014 4.6)”.
At Matamata Vision Care we have professional and helpful staff that will help with style advice, expert fitting and friendly customer service.
We carry a range of fashionable New Zealand-made safety eyewear.
All prescription safety eyewear must comply with AS/NZS 1337.6 to make the “Certified Safety” standard. A few of the requirements include:
- No glass lenses. All safety lenses must be made of polycarbonate, or a similarly tough plastic lens material
- Frames must have non-removable side shields
- Frames and lenses must be marked with indicators to allow inspectors to verify the appliance meets the AS/NZS 1337.6 standard
Personal eye protectors should be (AS/NZS 1336.4.3):
- The appropriate type for the wearer
- Eye protectors are fitted to the wearer by a person who is competent to select the correct size and type
- Gaps between the protector and face are as small as possible (with a requirement of 14mms for over-shields)
Monday to Friday
Sorry, closed Saturday and Sunday. Mike's staff have young children and he considers weekends to be essential family time. After hours and weekend appointments are available by prior arrangement. Contact us to arrange an after hours appointment.