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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/ESAFETY, ACCESS & TOOLS Improving safety eyewear compliance ye strain, fatigue and pain are just some of the complaints employees make about safety eyewear, all of which, can be mitigated against if the right eyewear is selected. When it comes to safety eyewear, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is a common issue, however, the result of doing so can be dangerous. Unsuitable eyewear can not only cause eye irritation or injury, it can also lead to a general lack of confidence in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from workers. High quality coatings One area of concern is eye strain, as it can cause employees unwanted stress, lead to migraines and distraction. Eye strain can be relieved by sourcing glasses with quality scratch resistance. If safety eyewear has poor scratch resistance, this will impair the users vision and the muscles in the eyes will have to work harder to be able to see through the lens. Nowadays, most safety spectacle lenses have an anti-scratch coating. We MSA Safety wins DiBt safety certification for its Latchways Constant Force system 102 FEBRUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM would always recommend specifying high quality coatings, as these help to prolong the life of the spectacle and help prevent non-compliance. For those working outdoors, protection against UV rays is another important factor to consider as the sun can have a serious impact on eyes too. Grey or silver mirrored lenses will reduce the glare of bright sunlight, or for applications where workers are frequently moving from internal to external settings, an indoor and outdoor lens may be more appropriate. Alternatively, where there are continuous low levels of light, amber lenses will help by enhancing the contrast. For individuals exposed to high humidity working conditions or moving between hot and cold environments, anti-fog coatings are essential. Eyewear users may also complain of fatigue. This can be lessened through the use of quality panoramic eyewear, which provides an unlimited field of vision. High tech coatings can also improve vision, enabling employees to work for longer periods without loss of concentration. Last but not least, comfort is an essential element Indoor outdoor lens for any eyewear user. Uncomfortable eyewear is not only less likely to be worn, but can once again reduce productivity as workers are driven to distraction by pain and irritation. The weight, finish, and fit of the safety eyewear are therefore key. Softer materials around the nose and temples allow the safety eyewear to mould to the wearer’s face shape and help to reduce pressure on the side of the head. Co-moulded temple designs in conjunction with low weight ensures the eyewear grips the side of the head and does not fall off even with excessive head movement. www.supertouch.com Poorly specified safety glasses can cause the user discomfort and ultimately lead to non-compliance, despite the vital role safety eyewear plays. Here, Sangeeta Aeri, technical manager at Supertouch, explores the common complaints around safety eyewear, and identifies key considerations to help improve compliance MSA Safety’s Latchways Constant Force post for Kalzip standing seam (65/400) roofing has successfully completed all Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt) testing and approvals. Having worked closely with Kalzip, MSA can now offer DIBt certification for workat height safety across Germany, giving access to the engineered fall protection systems and Personal Protective Equipment that have long since set the standard worldwide. This recognition from DIBt, the German body that approves non-regulated construction products – proves claims that the company offers the best testing on the market. External validation The achievement, which offers significant external validation of MSA Safety’s exacting internal testing procedures, shows that the company’s Constant Force system can now accommodate up to six users – typically it accommodates three. MSA Safety’s fall protection solutions already exceeds both the Europe-wide requirements set out in the EN 795 standards and the guidance in ‘The Magenta Book’, which recommends testing anchor devices on representative roofs – the exact structure they will be used on. Tim Bissett, technical manager at MSA Safety, said: “We test all of our products and systems above and beyond the very latest standards. We have in fact exceeded European standards since our Constant Force Post was launched. This certification from DIBt just confirms our forensic attention to detail and engineering excellence. We haven’t had to change our products to achieve this recognition, and it proves they stand the test of time.” Since MSA Safety acquired Latchways in 2015, the company has continued to invest in developing its fall protection business. Tim continueds: “We are committed to investing in innovative fall protection, and testing is a fundamental part of this. The DIBt guidelines require fall protection systems to be tested on the specific roof type they will be used on. Different roofing structures perform differently under load, and in order to provide the life-saving protection fall protection necessary, it is wrong to assume that because a fall protection system is suitable for one structure, it is also suitable for all structures. This is the very foundation of how MSA does business – we understand exactly how and where a system will be used, and we used our engineering expertise to MSA can now offer DIBt safety certification develop the highest performing solutions.” MSA Safety is fast becoming a globally recognised manufacturer, thanks to its engineering innovation, rigorous test methods and rapidly expanding portfolio. Tim concluded: “To us it’s simple - before specifying any fall protection system, check what standards it has been tested to. When lives are at stake, you have to be sure.” www.MSAsafety.com


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