Prescription Safety Glasses

Employer obligations

As an employer in an industrial work environment you will already know how important safety glasses are for your employees. However, have you thought about what this means for workers who also need prescription glasses?

Statistics show that 52.4% of people working in industry in Australia require prescription glasses to safely and accurately perform their duties. Your workers who already have a prescription to correct their vision are likely to require Prescription Safety Glasses too. There may also be instances of undiagnosed vision impairment.

Employers are responsible for the testing and provision of Prescription Safety Glasses under Australian standard AS/NZS1337.6. Provision of appropriate safety glasses, including accredited Prescription Safety Glasses, is required for Workers Compensation compliance.

It doesn’t matter how ‘small’ your small business is, your workers’ eye safety is your business too!

Prescription Safety Glasses Package

Our Prescription Safety Glasses Package covers eye examination, frame, lenses, fitting, case and accreditation documents. We use the highest quality, Australian made safety eyewear, using frames and lenses from manufacturers who meet Australian standards and are certified providers. We recommend ShamirOHS and PSG Eyewear. We will work with you to select technically appropriate Prescription Safety Glasses frame options for your employees. 

Prescription Safety Glasses are individually manufactured to your employee’s specific prescription to address their visual requirements. For outdoor use there is an option to incorporate Transitions lenses or sunglasses.

Discuss your needs

Eyecare Plus Tamworth is your local Prescription Safety Glasses specialist and we can help you protect your workers and your business. We will work with you to establish a cost-effective Prescription Safety Glasses Package (eye testing and glasses) appropriate for your business.

Call optometrist Andrew Greer on 02 6766 2544 to discuss your Prescription Safety Glasses needs and arrange an obligation free quote.

Eye Injuries

We also offer emergency medical assistance for eye injuries and would be pleased to provide this service if required. Urgent cases like this are a priority and do not require an appointment. Call us without delay on 02 6766 2544.

ShamirOHS prescription safety glasses work and sport

Hazardous Tasks

If your employees are engaged in any of the following tasks then a safety eyewear program, including Prescription Safety Glasses if needed, is essential:


  • Chipping
  • Grinding
  • Sawing
  • Drilling
  • Sanding
  • Welding
  • Plating
  • Buffing
  • Brazing
  • Riveting
  • Casting
  • Handling chemicals
  • Working in dusty environments

Eye hazards associated with industrial work environments

Impact Hazards: The majority of impact injuries result from flying or falling objects striking the eye. Most of these objects are smaller than a pin head and can cause serious injury such as punctures, abrasions and contusions.

Heat: Heat injuries may occur to the eye and face when workers are exposed to high temperatures, splashes of molten metal or hot sparks. Protect eyes from heat when workplace operations involved pouring, casting, hot dipping, furnace operations and other similar activities. Burns to eye and face tissue are the main concern when working with heat hazards.

Dust: Dust is present in the workplace during operations such as woodworking and buffing. Working in a dusty environment can cause eye injuries and presents additional hazards to contact lens wearers.

Chemicals: These injuries often result from an inappropriate choice of Personal Protective Equipment, allowing chemical substances to enter from around or under the eye protection. Serious and irreversible damage can occur when chemical substances contact the eyes in the form of splash, mists, vapours or fumes.

Optical Radiation: Radiant energy can cause serious eye injuries, even if exposure occurs for a short period of time. Optical radiation may be in the form of ultraviolet, visible or infrared light. Infrared or other intense radiant energy may cause eye injuries such as retinal burns. Prolonged exposure to glare, another form of optical radiation, can cause eyestrain and damage vision.

Not just for work

You might also consider Prescription Safety Eyewear for some of your sports or hobbies. Cycling, fishing, climbing, golf and all sorts of home renovation tasks spring to mind. Modern, fashionable wrap frames, combined with the latest in lens design offer the best possible eye protection with high performance style.

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