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Ergonomics: getting ahead of the game

Megatrends like digitalisation or demographic change affect us all – on both a larger and smaller scale. But how will personal protective equipment (PPE), designed, for example, to protect the head and face, have to be adapted in order to rise to modern challenges? At the present moment, is focusing purely on protective function in keeping with the times or does protective equipment now also have to be sustainable, digital and ergonomic?

 

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Anti-reflective safety spectacle lenses as the solution to challenging light conditions

Safety spectacle lenses are usually coated to prevent fogging and/or scratching. An anti-fog coating is especially important for high humidity environments or physically demanding work, such as in the paper or food industries. For work involving high dust exposure, for example on construction sites, an effective scratch-resistant coating is necessary so that dirty lenses do not become scratched when they are cleaned. This improves the comfort of the person wearing the safety spectacles, allowing them to concentrate to the best of their ability on the most important thing – their work.

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The outlook is sunny, but don’t forget UV protection!

Summer is here and that hopefully means lots of sunshine. This is proven to have a positive effect on our mood – but beware of the dangers. Sunlight is composed of powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This segment of the electromagnetic spectrum is imperceptible to humans and can cause long-term damage not only to our skin, but also the eye’s cornea and retina. What is the best way to protect ourselves against this invisible danger?

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Homestory #7: Eddie “The Eagle” on safety in sports and at work

Eddie “The Eagle” was the first (and, until 2002, the only) skier to represent Great Britain in an Olympic Ski Jumping event in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics – and he’s been a fan of uvex ever since. Although Eddie infamously finished last in both the 70m and 90m men’s ski-jump events, he broke the British national ski-jumping record, and still holds the world record for stunt jumping after soaring over 10 cars and 6 buses.

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The right lens tinting to see the wood for the trees

Light conditions in forestry are highly varied due to the changeable weather. For this reason, forest workers should not just wear traditional safety eyewear with transparent lenses, but instead make use of various tinted lenses.

In the report below, Professor Dr Bombosch presents the applications and benefits of tinted safety spectacles in forestry. The advantageous properties of specially tinted lenses are also useful for many other sectors and occupations in which similarly changeable light conditions change or poor lighting is common.

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Homestory #6: Alaska

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

To the untrained eye, it may seem that fly fishing just involves standing in water trying to catch fish, which may then later be served for dinner. However, for anglers it is not just the fishing itself which is their main focus. Anglers often have a strong affinity with nature and treat it with great respect, apart from also bringing them enjoyment as they discover the many new fascinating things it has to offer.
Our colleague Jürg F. from Switzerland is among them and this year embarked on a fly fishing expedition to Alaska with some of his angler friends. He talked to uvex about his experience and the role that uvex products played on his trip.

 

uvex: Could you please briefly describe the hobby/leisure activity in which you use uvex personal protective equipment?

JF: I am passionate about fly fishing and also help and support our club’s fish farming programme, which breeds and rears fish stocks for the region. This work has enabled me to try out a range of different products. The eagerly awaited trip to Alaska for salmon fishing was the perfect opportunity to test uvex all-weather clothing, gloves, hearing protection and above all the new uvex Polavision safety eyewear.

 

uvex: Which dangers and challenges do you encounter?

JF: In the fish farm I am faced with virtually all common dangers, including noise pollution from lawn mowers and brush cutters, cleaning products for the pools that can irritate the skin and handling heavy grates that can fall on the feet, to name but a few. The greatest danger when fly fishing is being hit in the face or even eye by a hook.

 

uvex: Which uvex products do you wear for protection?

JF: Various different hearing safety products protect me and my fellow club members from noise pollution, but the exceptional wearer comfort of my customised uvex high-fit flex earplugs particularly stands out for me
The uvex rubiflex S XG safety gloves are brilliant for pool cleaning, as they are comfortable, robust and provide excellent grip even when wet. For my feet, I find that the MACTREK GTX safety boots from Heckel are best. The GORE-TEX® membrane keeps my feet nice and dry, while the HPC toecap is great, especially in winter as they keep the cold out. I really feel the benefit of these features when I am dealing with water at sub-zero temperatures.
I am also pleased I get to wear our “own” uvex Polavision 9231 when fly fishing.
These protect my eyes excellently and the special coating prevents glare off the surface of the water so I find it easier to spot the fish.

However, even uvex does not protect against the dangerous “Alaska bug” which anglers quite often catch. 😉

 

uvex: Has using uvex products changed the way you practice your hobby/leisure activity?

JF: I have always worn protective equipment for my hobby, but other products just aren’t the same. This also allowed me to personally experience the comfort and stability of our products for myself. My feet were neither too hot nor too cold and I don’t need to worry about injuring my eyes.
I can fully concentrate on my hobby, safe in the knowledge that I am protected by uvex products.

 

We thank Jürg F. for talking to us and are pleased that uvex’s products were up to the task in Alaska.

 

Please visit the gallery to not only see pictures of uvex products, but also stunning photographs of the wildlife and landscape in Alaska.

 

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

 

Eyesight must be protected.

The eyes are the most important and at the same time the most sensitive sensory organ. Approximately 85% to 90% of all perception involves the eyes. The protection provided by body’s natural features, such as eyelashes, tears, eyelids and blink reflex, rarely suffices in the industrial working world.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required if risks in the workplace cannot be entirely eliminated through technical and operational procedures. European legislation stipulates that it is the employers’ obligation to analyse the dangers in the working environment and, where required, ensure protective eyewear is made available to employees free of charge.
The standards for PPE have been defined in European Directive 89/686/EEC, while the guidelines for eye protection fall under EN 166. This is intended to help company owners fulfil their commitment to accident prevention regulations and government occupational health and safety directives as well as showing ways in which work-related accidents, illnesses and health hazards can be prevented.

All products tested in accordance with these directives are exposed to different dangers which can potentially damage the eyes and impair vision in industry, laboratories, schools and universities, among others. For example, all customised protective eyewear that features coated lenses labelled in accordance with K or N must meet the requirements of the standard EN 166 ff. (see image)

 

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What do the K and N labels mean?

K labelling

Products must feature a high level of scratch-resistance in workplace environments with high dirt and dust exposure. Surface resistance to damage from small particles is tested by means of the sand trickling method and is carried out as follows:

  • Lens is secured on a rotating plate
  • 3 kg of natural quartz sand is trickled down onto the main focal area of the lens from a height of approximately 1.65 m at room temperature (23 °C)
  • Afterwards, the light refraction of the samples is measured. < 5 = K

If safety eyewear is labelled K, the lenses have been certified in accordance with the standard EN 168 as resistant to damage from small particles and as having a light density coefficient that does not exceed 5.

 

The following industries typically demand this level of protection:

  • Steel industry
  • Mining
  • Construction materials industry
  • Construction industry

 

 

N labelling

Working environments with high humidity and persistent condensation place the extreme demands on products. Resistance of lenses to fogging is tested by means of the water bath method and is carried out as follows:

 

Preparation

  • Lenses stored in distilled water for one to two hours -> patted dry
  • Conditioned at room temperature (23°C) with 50% humidity for 12 hours

 

Experiment

  • Water bath is heated to 50°C (surrounding environment: room temperature)
  •  Lens is attached over the opening of the water bath
  • The transmission factor change (>20%) on introduction of light source is measured
    –> Time taken for lenses to fog up is measured. > 8 seconds = N

If safety eyewear is labelled K, the lenses have been certified in accordance with the standard EN 168 as resistant to fogging and as remaining fog-free for at least 8 seconds, even after immersion in water.

 

The following industries typically demand this level of protection:

  • Paper industry
  • Food industry
  • Textile processing
  • Refrigerated warehouses

 

 

uvex’s coating systems that are developed and produced in-house far exceed the the requirements of the standard EN 168.
The right coating provides a specific protective function to ensure the eyewear is anti-fog, scratchproof and resistant to chemicals. Please visit the uvex website to discover more about uvex coatings for safety eyewear: http://goo.gl/dRe5JC

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Please email expertenblog@uvex.de and we will be happy to help.

Homestory #4: The forces of nature

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

The storm in the summer of 2014 which hit Essen, Germany stopped at nothing, causing large-scale damage throughout the city. Above all it was the city’s trees which were unable to withstand the power of the storm, falling  in rapid succession  one after another. Markus O., a volunteer at the German Red Cross, explains in detail his work in the aftermath:

“On the evening of Monday, 09 June 2014, a brutal storm passed directly over Essen. This caused thousands of trees to be uprooted. Furthermore, in the wider Essen area, heavy rainfall flooded numerous cellars. The fire brigade sounded the alarm and called for reinforcements from the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia.

As I’m actively involved in the technical department of the German Red Cross, obviously I joined in and helped tackle the problem. We worked in collaboration with the THW (German technical relief work organisation) and the fire brigade, undertaking a whole host of operations over the following five days. We pumped water from cellars, felled several trees, cut up timber  that was strewn all over the roads and pavements, and removed dead wood from the trees.

During all of these tasks, I wore uvex polo shirts, which are particularly durable (our working polo shirts are not designed for such stressful demands), various pairs of uvex safety gloves and the uvex pheos safety helmet, also each team member of our unit wore uvex safety spectacles. I personally wore the uvex i-3 variomatic and ultrasonic fire goggles, which offer UV protection. This meant I was optimally protected from the sun. We were working in temperatures of over 30°C every day. None of the glasses steamed up.

My conclusion is that there is nothing more important than reliable industrial health and safety products. The equipment lasted throughout the clean-up process of one of the worst storms to ever hit Germany and provided me with excellent protection.

In my free time I also wear uvex polo shirts and various uvex jackets from (I particularly like the new Collection 26), because I find the products to be hard-wearing and extremely weather-resistant.”

Many thanks to Mr O. for his description of the situation in Essen after the storm.

You can find a few additional pictures which show Mr O. in action here:

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

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