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The Ins & Outs of Eye Protection


Focus on Lenses


When it comes to protecting your eyes, it’s all about the lenses. That’s why we offer:

  • Only high impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • 99% UV protection or more on all lenses
  • A variety of lens colors for every light condition
  • Hard coated lenses for improved scratch resistance
  • Anti-fog coated lenses for workers performing in extremely hot, cold, or humid conditions
  • Specialized lenses for those that require reading glasses or prescription eyewear

  • Frameless Safety Glasses – Frameless Safety Glasses are extremely lightweight, yet they still provide heavy-duty protection during applications such as construction, manufacturing, food processing, and more.
  • Semi-Frame Wraparound Spatula Style Safety Glasses – These glasses feature wraparound lenses to provide added protection to the side of your face. The spatula temples can be adjusted for a custom and secure fit.
  • Semi-Frame Wraparound Bayonet Style Safety Glasses – These glasses provide heavy-duty protection during applications such as construction, light manufacturing, food processing, and utilities. Fashionable bayonet-style temples provide a secure and comfortable fit. Polycarbonate lenses provide wraparound protection.
  • Full Frame Safety Glasses – Full Frame Eyewear offers a classic look and all-around frontal and side protection.
  • Metal Frame Safety Glasses – Sporty, metal frames are typically available on our website at affordable prices.
  • Safety Glasses with Sideshields – Safety Glasses with Sideshields provide superior impact protection to the front and sides of the face, without blocking vision.
  • Over the Glass Eyewear – “Over the Glasses” styling offers an alternative to expensive prescription eyewear programs.
  • Polarized Safety Glasses – By reflecting light that causes glare, Polarized Safety Glasses help eliminate eye strain, eye fatigue, and poor visual acuity. Glasses are ideal for any work around water, construction, road, work, or utilities applications.
  • Readers Safety Glasses – Readers are an excellent choice for workers needing increased magnification for close-up inspection, fine detail work, and reading smaller print.

When Safety Glasses Aren’t Enough


Foam Seal Safety Glasses are ideal for providing protection against flying debris, wind, and impact. The facial seal is made of hypoallergenic foam. ANSI Z87.1-2003 high-impact standard.

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Goggles are designed to protect your eyes from environments where fumes, liquids, dust, and potential impacts are present (depending on the vent option selected).
  • Indirect Vent Goggles protect against chemical liquids and dusts. These are the only goggles that can be used for protection from chemical substances.
  • Direct Vent Goggles offer maximum airflow, but are only approved for particulate protection during jobs such as grinding, cutting, dusty applications, etc.

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Faceshields are designed primarily for splash and arc protection. Faceshields must always be used in conjunction with safety glasses or goggles to protect against secondary hazards.

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Choosing a Lens Color


Clear Lens – Use indoors or outdoors in below normal light conditions.
Gray/Brown Lens – Use outdoors or where there is above average available light.
Amber Lens – Use in below normal light conditions or where enhanced contrast is desirable.
Indoor/Outdoor Lens – Use when working both indoors and outdoors throughout the day.

Mirror Lens – Use outdoors or where there is above average available light.
Light Blue Lens – Use during work applications with a high level of sodium vapor lighting and glare.
Vermillion Lens – Use to reduce glare, enhance contrast, and provide true color perception during indoor applications.
Welding Lenses – Shade 2.0 lens is used for welding-related operations such as torch soldering.

Shade 3.0 can be used for certain brazing or cutting applications.

Shade 5.0 is used in certain torch soldering, torch blazing, or cutting applications.


You work hard to provide a safe, productive work environment. And making sure everyone is wearing the appropriate safety eyewear on the job is critical to that effort. But things can get complicated when it comes to employees who need prescription lenses. The HOYA See Clearly Work Safely Prescription Eyewear program simplifies the safety eyewear ordering and delivery process, benefiting both you and your employees. Through this program, you’ll be able to choose from three different packages to fit your safety budget, environment, and workforce.

Learn more about this affordable program today!
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For more technical guidelines about eye protection, check out our Eye Protection Ready Reference!
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The Ins & Outs of Respiratory Protection


Respiratory Protection Factors


Respirators are rated for the level of protection they provide to the person wearing them. These ratings are called Assigned Protection Factors (APF). The APF represents the protection multiplied by the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) set by OSHA. The one assumption is that the respirator fits properly and no air leaks in or around the seal to the face (this is why we document a “fit test”). Below we’ve outlined general guidelines for the APFs of different types of respirators*:

  • Dust masks and half face dual cartridge respirators, APF of 10
  • Full face dual cartridge respirators, APF of 50
  • Powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) to a hood, APF of 25
  • Full face airline supplied respirators, APF of 1,000
  • Full face airline supplied respirators with escape bottle, APF of 10,000
  • Full face continuous flow airline respirators, APF of 1,000
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), APF of 10,000

*These are general guidelines; APF is dependent upon the type of facepiece used; loose-fitting, helmet, hood, or full facepiece. Unless you have sampled the air and know the PEL, you may not know what level of protection you need. Unless you do fit testing, you won’t know if the respirator is properly sealing to your face. Our Safety Services Team can assist you with fit testing and providing the information you need on respirator usage.

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Select a Respirator in 4 Simple Steps


1. The primary source of information on a chemical’s state and physical form is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The SDS may also make recommendations for what type of respirator may be needed to work safely with the product. Once the potential contaminants are identified, air sampling should be done to determine how much of the contaminant is likely to be present in a work shift.
2. Air sampling can be performed by a consulting firm, through an OSHA consultation, or even by yourself. We encourage you to contact our Safety Services Team to determine the best option for you. This evaluation should include a reasonable estimate of employee exposures to respiratory hazards and an identification of the contaminant’s chemical state and physical form.

Once the contaminant level is established, you should investigate effective hazard control methods, such as engineering and administrative controls, before resorting to a respirator. If you do need a respirator, our trained staff can help you make the appropriate choice.

If the employer cannot identify or reasonably estimate the employee exposure, the employer shall consider the atmosphere to be IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health).
3. Select a filter that is designed to remove airborne particulates which may be harmful to the lungs in your workplace. Particulates which may be blocked by a filter include dust, fumes (metal particles from welding), fibers, and mists. Dry particulates can be removed with an N95, N99, or N100 filter. Dry or oily particulates can be removed with an R95, R99, P95, P99, or P100 filter.

Note: The “N” in these values refers to “no oil,” the “R” refers to “oil resistant,” and the “P” stands for “oil proof.” The number after the letters has to do with efficiency (note that some particulates do require the highest rated filter at P100).

You may even need a cartridge and a filter, depending on the nature of your work. Cartridges contain either activated charcoal or other sorbent media which can be chemically treated to remove various gases and vapors. We have several types of cartridges to choose from. Certain chemicals will not be blocked by the cartridges and you may need to consider a supplied air system.
4. A mask must fit properly and be fit tested to ensure complete protection. It should have a tight seal around the nose and mouth to prevent leakage. We offer fit testing services to help assist you with this process. Remember that all persons who wear respirators for a chemical hazard must conform to OSHA requirements, which includes fit testing and medical evaluations.

You can learn more about our available services, including fit testing and medical evaluations, through our Inspection & Facility Services page. If you have any additional questions, our Safety Services Team is here to help. You can contact us today at 800-462-1947 or safetysupport@conney.com.

For more technical guidelines about Air Purifying Respirators and Disposable Respirators, check out the respective Ready Reference documents below.

Download Air Purifying Respirators Reader Reference

Download Disposable Respirators Ready Reference

Silica Standard Whitepaper


The Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard remains a hot topic in the safety industry, as it affects respiratory protection enforcement in a variety of work environments. Gain an in-depth understanding of this standard by downloading our FREE Silica Standard Whitepaper today!

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Respiratory Protection Training


Employees are required to wear respirators whenever engineering and work practice control measures are not adequate to prevent atmospheric contamination at the worksite. When employees must work in environments with insufficient oxygen or where harmful dusts, smokes, mists, fumes, gases, vapors, or sprays are present, they need respirators.

Training is essential for correct respirator use. Employers must teach supervisors and workers how to properly select, use, and maintain respirators—and we can help with this!

Contact us today at 800-462-1947 or safetysupport@conney.com to learn more about our training offerings or visit our Safety Training page.
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