Whether working outdoors or in brightly lit production halls, UV radiation places a great deal of strain on our eyes during everyday work. This is why all uvex safety eyewear is equipped with uvex UV400 as standard. This high level of UV protection provides significantly greater safety than the current industry standard.
Most people associate UV radiation with skin damage — only 7 percent associate it with potential damage to the health of their eyes. Next to the skin, the eyes are the organ most susceptible to damage from UV rays. Even when the sky is cloudy, sunlight puts additional strain on the eye. In enclosed spaces, artificial UV light and blue light (such as that emitted by LED lamps) pose a risk to the health of our eyes.
100% of UVA radiation filtered out
The EN166/170 standard requires safety eyewear to provide UV protection up to 380 nm. According to the latest scientific findings, however, this is not enough. The WHO recommends UV protection up to 400 nm. This is why all uvex safety eyewear—whether spectacles or goggles—is equipped with uvex UV400 as standard, meaning that 100 percent of UVA rays are filtered out. By comparison, UV380 lenses only filter out 80 percent.
Harmful blue light is reduced
UV400 minimises the thermal impact on cells (10 times greater in the 380–400 nm range), which can damage and alter the cell structure. uvex UV400 reduces the aggressive blue light content (HEV)—which is equally harmful to the retina—by 15%. uvex safety eyewear therefore guarantees effective UV protection at all times and helps to prevent long-term damage to the eye, such as degeneration of the retina, cataracts or complete loss of sight. uvex UV400 represents an important contribution to ensuring responsible health and safety practices for every industrial company.
The uvex group
The uvex group brings together three globally active companies under one roof: the uvex safety group, the uvex sports group (with uvex sports and Alpina Sports), and the Filtral group (Filtral and Primetta). The uvex group is represented in 22 countries by 48 subsidiaries but chooses to do most of its manufacturing in Germany. Two thirds of the company’s 2,700-strong workforce is employed in Germany. uvex is a global partner to international elite sport and equips a host of top athletes. The motto protecting people is at the heart of the company’s activities. uvex develops, manufactures and distributes products and services for the safety and protection of people at work, in sport and for leisure pursuits.