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Eye injuries are a constant risk for many workers in the oil and gas industry, largely as a result of being struck by moving, flying or falling objects which, according to HSE, accounted for almost 25% of all major injuries in the offshore sector in 2013. With this in mind Wood Group PSN, providers of brownfield services to the oil and gas industry, decided to work with Honeywell Safety Products to develop and deliver a new mandatory safety eyewear policy for its workers. In a bid to reduce eye injuries on site, the new policy used Honeywell’s new Adaptec Safety Eyewear range in tandem with training and education.
As a result of the new approach, Wood Group PSN saw eye injuries on the Aberdeen-based contract drop by 73%, with just three eye injuries recorded during the trial in 2013. The company is now rolling out the mandatory Adaptec safety eyewear policy across its other sites.
The Honeywell Adaptec range of safety eyewear is available in three sizes and the company says it has been designed to provide a customised fit and performance for a wide range of industry sectors including utilities, manufacturing, construction and the off shore sector, thanks to a number of innovative features. These include an adjustable nose bridge to keep eyes centred in the lens for clearer optics and reduced eye fatigue and a vented, cushioned frame allowing optimum air circulation and reducing fogging and ratcheting temple hinges that can be adjusted to seven different positions providing 30° of custom lens angle for greater protection. Described as having 99.9% UV protection, the 4A lens coating is said to ensure excellent anti-fog, anti-static and scratch-resistant properties, and meets the EN1661F European Standard.
For more information from Honeywell Safety Products visit the website at http://www.honeywellsafety.com.