Wearing the correct tint for the type of work you are doing could literally prevent you from having an accident that may impact you financially, physically or both. Worse than that though, it may affect someone else simply because you were not able to see things correctly. Wearing the correct color tinted lens could make the difference between an accident that would range from minor to fatal and the fatality may not be you.
In this post we will be looking at a variety of tints for your safety glasses, including amber and yellow tints, and examining each tint for its best occupational use. Some material from this post will, by its very nature, have to pull from the previous post on tints for safety glasses over prescription glasses.
If you have not read the previous post,”To tint or not to tint,” and would like to do so before you continue reading this post, please mouse click here and the previous post will open in a new window for you.
Before I continue though, I must point something out.
Earlier today I read, with an increasing amount of horror, an article posted to the Internet titled something like, “How to make safety goggles from an old soda bottle.” Please do not do this! Your eyes and sight will not be safe should this flimsy piece of plastic ever be put to the test.
Please also make sure your safety glasses and goggles conform to the ANSI Safety Standards, as covered in this post.
Alright, now I have that off my chest, so to speak, we can be moving right along.
Let us be crystal clear!
There is no doubt that for the majority of normal lighting down to gloomy lighting applications, clear safety glasses will be the best choice.
There is zero loss of color or adjustment of any kind to those things you are seeing. Everyone should have at least one pair of these safety glasses available for almost everyday use, especially while working in a factory or perhaps making candles for a hobby.
Clear safety lenses can allow up to one hundred percent of light through to your eyes. This may depend on the vendor or manufacturer. Any light loss however will be insignificant and most likely not noticeable to you.
Work that clear safety glasses can be used for range from construction, factory, shop, and yard work. Anywhere, in fact, impact protection is a priority.
Clear safety glasses can also be used in various parts of the medical and dental industry.
Amber\Yellow Tinted Safety Glasses.
Yellow or amber tinted safety glasses over prescription glasses are probably the most versatile in terms of overall clarity of vision.
The amber or yellow tint helps in reducing strain, headaches, migraines and possibly visual migraines too. Yellow or amber tinted safety glasses are good for low light environments as they appear to make things brighter, by allowing a large amount of light through the lens.
This amber or yellow tint works so well as it filters out light at the blue end of the light spectrum, while allowing green and red light to pass through the lens. Green light is easily processed by the eye while blue light can be a strain and can actually reduce contrast. During foggy or hazy conditions, this tint will give the appearance of things being brighter.
Properties of the amber or yellow tint include enhanced contrast and depth perception making it ideal for precision work.
Work that amber or yellow tinted safety glasses can be used for include model making, computer screen operation as well as driving in gloomy light conditions.
Gray Tinted Safety Glasses.
Indoor artificial lighting can be “suddenly” bright if you have to look up in the direction of the light source. One job I can think of that has this hazard is that of fork lift driver.
Fork lifts can be called upon to move from indoor lighting to bright outdoor light as part of their regular operation.
This gray tint alleviates many of the problems associated with these sudden light changes that may require a “moment” for the eyes to adjust to the new level of light.
Drivers may not have that “moment” and should be provided with appropriately tinted safety glasses.
This gray tint works best for sudden changes in lighting conditions as well as reducing associated eye strain.
Gray tints can best be used by packers, loaders, truckers and fork lift drivers.
Blue Tinted Safety Glasses.
Blue tinted safety glasses are mostly the same as the gray tinted safety glasses but reduce glare from artificial lighting to a greater extent. This blue tint to your safety glasses also cancels yellow light and apparently has a very pleasant effect upon the human eye.
The list of work types for blue tinted safety glasses is similar to that of the gray tinted safety glasses.
These tints do not provide as much protection as a gray tint. They are recommended for working outside but are not recommended for working in direct sunlight.
Copper, Brown, Rose safety glasses can be use for ground keeping, landscaping and pretty much any kind of outdoor work that does not involve being in direct sunlight.
Vermilion Tinted Safety Glasses.
Vermilion tinted safety glasses have a surprising list of uses. This tint on a pair of safety glasses is primarily used in an indoor environment where contrast may need to be heightened.
Those working under intense artificial light can use this tint for inspection of small things such as miniature components. Others areas this tint may be used are assembly work and inspection of circuit boards.
Doctors and nurses working in the bright lights of an operating room can use this tint to reduce the glare they are under. Those working in the meat packing industry also benefit from this tint to their safety glasses.
This tint will reduce glare, with no change in color discernment. You should take notice please, this tint is not recommended for general use or driving.
Green Tinted Safety Glasses.
The last time I was ordering my prescription glasses I was asked if I would like a green tint to them. Thinking about it, I have always been asked if I would like a tint and it was always green. Now I wanted to know, “Why is it always a green tint?”
Green tinted safety glasses provide better color precision and brightness protection than a brown tint and better contrast than a gray tint on your safety glasses. This is probably the same for your prescription glasses and why this tint is always offered as an option when ordering same.
In this post we have looked at various colors of tints for your safety glasses over prescription glasses and have found some tints that will work in a few professions, occupations and types of work that you may decide to do outside of your regular job.
It is apparent that no one tint will necessarily do everything that you would need it to do for you.
Obviously, having and using a pair of clear tinted safety glasses does not provide the same protection as a fully polarized dark tint on a pair of safety glasses, on a bright day. It can be seen we need to have more than one pair of safety glasses to “get the job done.”
I have highlighted professions, occupations and jobs that various tints can be used for and do not claim to have a comprehensive list.
Please feel free to leave a comment, especially if you know of a tint being used in other professions, occupations or work not mentioned here and would like to share it. Please mention in your comment how the tint is being used.
Also, I you are using a tint in another way other than as described in this post and it is working for you, please leave me a comment.
Aim for zero accidents and be safe!