Have you ever heard the claim on a job site that wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) makes workers less safe? I have. The idea seems to be that wearing PPE makes us more willing to take risks, and more risks means more accidents.
Of course, not only is this idea inaccurate, it can also be dangerous. When construction professionals start to think that their protective gear is hurting, not helping, they might be less likely to use it. But PPE is required for a good reason, and over the years it’s had a significant and positive effect on jobsite safety.
Advancements in PPE technology are being made all the time, leading to gear that is safer, more comfortable, and better suited for the tasks workers need to wear it for. I found this out for myself just recently, when I discovered something I had started to think didn’t exist: a pair of over-the- glasses (OTG) safety glasses that are both functional and comfortable.
I (Dean) have been wearing glasses most of my life, and with a career as a construction engineer, that means OTG safety glasses are part of the PPE I wear. Unfortunately, finding safety glasses I actually like has not been easy. Through the years, I’ve tried every brand out there, hoping to find a pair that really worked for me. Some have been too bulky, some restricted my vision; others had lenses that fogged up, or the glasses were just uncomfortable to wear.
Then I discovered the ORR XP758 safety glasses, and all my problems were solved. ORR Safety is a family-owned company that has been in business since 1948. They sell many different kinds of PPE as well as other safety equipment and services. According to ORR, their OTG, foam-sealed XP748 safety eyewear model is the first designed for “challenging environments” (which describes a construction site pretty well). The glasses meet and exceed the ANSI Z87.1-2003 high impact standards and are made for use in areas with high particulate concentrations in the air. The polycarbonate lenses offer 99.9% UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays, so they help keep your eyes safe from sun damage, too.
ORR also claims that the glasses have a “streamlined design for comfort and wearability,” and that I can personally attest to. Like I said, I’ve tried many other safety glasses, but they were all lacking in some way. The ORR XP748 glasses combine function and comfort better than any others I’ve tried, making them worth driving the 30 minutes all the way into Sherwood Park to buy. (We’re not being compensated in any way to share these glasses—I just love them enough that I want you to have the opportunity to check them out. If you’re interested, give us a call, and we’ll let you know where to buy a pair!)
It may sound a little strange, but these glasses have turned wearing PPE into something I can look forward to. Not all equipment has as many options to choose from as safety glasses, but when the options are there, it’s worth exploring them to find the right one. After all, PPE isn’t something we can—or should try to—get away from.
Today’s PPE isn’t perfect, but it’s come a long way, and manufacturers are moving in the right direction. They’re making big strides towards understanding the needs of their customers: not just safety, but also comfort and usability. Here at Boreal we feel like that’s something to be excited about.
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