When you invest in a pair of safety glasses (whether they are laser safety glasses, radiation safety glasses, or some other safety glasses designed to protect your eyes from harmful environments), you obviously want something that will last you for many years. They should also maintain a high level of quality in order to offer you the most visual clarity and protection any time you are wearing them. Unfortunately, many people who routinely wear safety glasses for their work develop bad habits that compromise the quality of the glasses. This not only leads to less use out of them over time, but it can also put the person wearing the glasses at greater risk of injury when they are working in dangerous environments. In this post, we will take a look at a few common mistakes that people who wear safety glasses make in order for you to know to avoid them and what you can do instead.
The 4 Mistakes
- Wearing The Glasses For Hours on End Without Ever Cleaning Them: There are both immediate and long-term problems that go along with rarely cleaning safety glasses. Immediately, dirty safety glasses will lead to compromised vision. When you are working in a dangerous setting, you want the highest level of clarity possible. And in the long-term, safety glasses that never get cleaned will mean lenses that are worn more quickly. This means that you will have to end up getting rid of your safety glasses sooner than necessary or continue working with safety glasses that cause blurry, distorted, unclear vision. As a general rule of thumb, plan to clean your safety glasses at the end of every workday with a soft, microfiber cloth. There is no need to clean your glasses every couple of hours since they will just get dirty again with the work you are doing. However, if they become so dirty that your vision is distorted because of the lenses, step away from your work setting and quickly clean them.
- Cleaning The Safety Glasses With Whatever is Available: While yes, you want to clean your laser safety glasses on a daily basis, you don’t want to clean them with just anything. As stated in the previous tip, you will want to clean your glasses with a soft, microfiber cloth. Anything other than this can cause scratches to develop on the lenses, thus distorting your vision. Though it may seem convenient at the time, you never want to wipe off your lenses with your shirt or a dirty rag that you find lying around your work setting. Keep a microfiber cloth with you at all times so that you can conveniently clean your glasses whenever necessary. When it comes to washing them, there are certain cleaning solutions you never want to use since they can wear away at the lenses. Don’t use products like window cleaner since they typically have harsh chemicals that negatively affect the lenses. Use a product that is designed specifically for safety glasses or at the end of the day, wash them off with warm water and dish soap.
- Not Properly Storing the Safety Glasses Whenever They Aren’t Being Used: At the end of a long, tiring workday, it isn’t uncommon for the person wearing the safety glasses to set them down on a workbench or counter and leave them there until the next workday. Though people do this because they are tired and this is convenient to do, it makes it much more likely that the glasses will get misplaced, stolen, or broken. And the end of the day, keep the safety glasses stored in something like a protective hard case. Usually, the purchase of safety glasses comes with some form of storage, so it is a wise idea to take advantage of the storage unit. In addition to the popular option of a protective hard case, some people prefer to store their safety glasses in a soft, microfiber bag.
- Not Replacing The Safety Glasses When it Comes Time to do so: Unfortunately, though they are beneficial, all of the care tips and preventative measures in the world won’t be able to stop the fact that eventually, a time will come when the safety glasses need to be replaced. Though you should definitely be able to get many years of use out of your safety glasses, it is important to know when it is time to buy a new pair. When you continue to work with old, worn-out safety glasses, you will strain your vision and not have the proper protection you need when working in a dangerous environment. If your safety glasses have suffered many scratches or they were recently damaged, it is time to look into a new pair of safety glasses. However, when you keep the aforementioned care tips in mind and know what to do to avoid problems, you can extend the life of your safety glasses.
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