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Safety Glasses

Postby Dennis » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:19 pm

OK, I'll do the first cold post in this forum, and hopefully get this rolling :)

Keep several pairs of safety glasses/goggles around your shop. Often they get misplaced and rather than take the time to look for them, it is easy to just say to yourself, "I'll just be careful this one time."

If you have several pair place strategically around the shop, there is likely to be a pair within easy reach when you need them -- It's a lot cheaper to buy a few extra pairs of safety glasses, than to lose an eye.

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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Eugene » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:10 pm

I wear glasses - safety glasses all the time. For years I have ordered and obtained prescription lenses and frames meeting the Z87-2 (safety glasses) ANSI standard.

The lenses and frames (for me) have been less expensive than the same frame and lense not meeting the safety standard. By a considerable amount. My current lenses and frames are at least 3 years old. I need new lenses but the frames are still in excellent condition.

I have the feeling that the sales people do not want to sell safety glasses. You need a good excuse to obtain them. I tell the sales people that I'm involved in the maintenance field and that I am required to either have the prescription safety glasses or wear glasses and safety glasses.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Jim Roy » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:09 am

Thanks Dennis for the reminder. I learned the hard way. I wear glasses and have since I was ten. One day I was using a brush on my hand grinder to remove rust. Some of the rust got in my eye and embedded in the eye ball. It was so deep that the doctor had to grind part of my eye ball off, that sure makes me remember to use safety glasses. Sure don't want to loose my eye sight.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Kevin » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:37 pm

seems like it would be a no brainer but oh too often i'll just be careful or its only a tiny bit of weld to grind then whammo
the last piece of metal cost i think $60.00 at the eye doctor to be removed could of bought a whole bunch of pairs
even though i did soon there after
have to think safety otherwise if ya get hurt that's less cub time
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Carm » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:48 am

Also, remember when wearing a face shield, wear safety glasses too. Face shields are not designed for the same impact resistance as glasses.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Dennis » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:13 pm

Carm wrote:Also, remember when wearing a face shield, wear safety glasses too. Face shields are not designed for the same impact resistance as glasses.


Wow, thanks Carm. That is something I did not realize with face shields. I always figured they were as good or better than safety glasses :shock:
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Rudi » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:12 pm

Carm wrote:Also, remember when wearing a face shield, wear safety glasses too. Face shields are not designed for the same impact resistance as glasses.


This applies to both the garden (reinforced mesh style) and the clear polycarbonate shields used with lathe (wood or metal) or grinder work. Always wear proper eye protection under the shields. The reinforced mesh style will protect from projectiles but will not protect your eyes from smaller particles.

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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby schmibm » Fri May 02, 2008 7:22 pm

Face shields are a must during any grinding operation.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Tim Martin » Wed May 07, 2008 8:27 am

From someone who has had to have a piece of metal drilled out of their eye... wear safety glasses.

I often forget about the face shield when using a wire wheels on my grinder... that is until I have one of those steel wires comes loose and gets stuck in my face.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby markwayne » Wed May 07, 2008 8:57 am

recently I was using a cup brush on a angle grinder. It threw a wire out and it went through my clothes and stuck in my belly, ouch! :shock:
I was reminded to put on glasses when doing any thing that can throw bits out.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Arizona Mike » Sun May 11, 2008 2:18 pm

Thanks fellas.

Eugene, are the prescription lenses and frames meeting the Z87-2 (safety glasses) ANSI standard heavier?
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Eugene » Sun May 11, 2008 8:46 pm

Are the prescription lenses and frames meeting the Z87-2 (safety glasses) ANSI standard heavier?
No heavier than the standard frames. I get plastic lenses because they are lighter than glass lenses. The glass lenses are noticably heavier, uncomfortably heavier.

The frames looks just like many normal frames. Nothing unusual. The frames are not the thin wirey type, just standard. They do come with plastic snap on wings/side shields. There is a small "8" marked in the upper outside corner - out of vision on the lenses to indicate that they meet the standard. The frames are marked on the inside indicating the standard.

Big difference I notice is the price. Considerably cheaper.
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Re: Safety Glasses

Postby Virginia Mike » Mon May 12, 2008 9:04 am

Safety glasses are a must. I didn't know a piece of metal in your eye was such a big deal. According to my eye doctor, if it rusts, it can stain your cornea. this staining cannot be reversed.
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