Safety Glasses v. Safety Googles

Safety Glasses in a Lab Setting

Summary – In general, safety goggles provide more protection from chemical and airborne hazards, whereas safety glasses are useful in industrial settings. High impact safety glasses can protect your eyes from hazards like a steel ball traveling at 150 fps.1 Don’t neglect eye protection.

Workplace accidents causing eye injuries are common. Therefore, it is important to invest in eye protection safety when working in hazardous environments. 

In general, damage and injuries occur due to the open exposure of the eyes to adverse conditions. As long as the eyes are sufficiently covered using safety glasses or goggles, the eyes will be shielded from danger.

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Eye Protection – Understand Your Hazards

When choosing your protective eye gear, it is essential to understand your work environment and the potential hazards.

The dangers will depend on the type of operations carried out in your residential, commercial, or industrial premises.

The most common forms of hazards are solid objects and particles. Solid projectiles can cause irreversible harm to the eye tissues, and the damage could escalate into infections and even vision loss.

The standard projectiles that could be dangerous include concrete, metal, wood, and tools. You should also note that dust particles or similar contaminants will injure the eyes by abrading the cornea.

Chemicals will have a dangerous effect on your eyes, and continuous exposure will lead to long-term degradation of the tissues. You must guard against splashes of liquid compounds and fumes from vaporized chemicals.

Radiation is a hazard often ignored in the workplace because its immediate impact is not as prominent as chemicals or solid projectiles. Unfortunately, radiation radiation, ultraviolet light, and visible light will increase the risk of vision loss over time.

If you work in a laboratory or hospital, you must guard against infections and pathogens. Disease-causing microorganisms can infiltrate the eyes through blood and other body fluids.

Eye Protection Prevents Eye Damage

Your eye protection safety plan for your workplace should begin by evaluating the worksite and understanding the specific hazards. Then, you should eliminate dangers which can be avoided before starting work.

For instance, you can limit the risks posed by projectiles in industrial spaces by using screen protection, machine guarding and engineering controls.

Finally, you must choose the right eye gear for personal protection.

How to Choose Eye Protection

There are two primary types of protective eyewear for workplace applications: safety glasses and safety goggles.

Both of these are beneficial for shielding, but they are not both suitable for all applications. It is important to make a comparison before choosing the best item for your needs.

Safety Glasses

For most workplaces, safety glasses will suffice for worker eye protection. In general, this type of gear is designed to provide impact protection from solid projectiles.

If you need to keep your eyes safe from flying objects and debris when working, you should opt for eye glasses.

Typically, the lenses and the frames are tested to withstand tough objects like steel balls. Therefore, you do not need to be concerned about eye injuries.

It is also important to note that safety glasses are comfortable for long-term wear.

  • Impact Protection

    Crews Checklite Safety Glasses provide impact protection to the standards of ANSI Z87.1+, CE EN166, and CAN/CSA Z94.3.

  • UV Protection

    Most safety glasses provide 99.9% UV protection, protecting your eyes against the sun's harmful rays.

  • Comfortable frame

    Safety glasses have smaller frames than goggles making them sit more comfortably on most face shapes and sizes.

Safety Goggles

Safety goggles provide superior, all-round protection against workplace hazards. In addition to solid projectiles, this type of eyewear will keep the eyes safe from small particles, liquids and fumes.

Unlike safety glasses, goggles do not have gaps around the bottom, top and sides. Instead, the eyewear will form a tight seal around eye area of the face.

Safety goggles are ideal if you are concerned about chemical exposure, infectious pathogens, metal filings and dust.

There are different types of safety goggles on the market: direct vent, indirect vent and unvented goggles.

You must choose the right protective product to guarantee optimal protection in your workplace.

  • Lab certified protection

    Safety goggles are suitable for labs and research centers when all around protection is needed.

  • Gapless fit

    Safety goggles fit securely to your face in order to not let any particles, debris, or chemical hazards enter.

  • Multiple venting options

    Your lab may have specific requirements for how safety goggles vent: direct, indirection, or unvented.

Safety Goggles for your lab

Lab protective eyewear is designed with multiple perforations to allow for ventilation. The holes prevent fogging of the goggles.

Unfortunately, the design limits the protection provided against small particles, liquids and vapor. Many labs do not use direct vent safety goggles because of the potential for fumes to enter through vents. For these types of labs, indirect vent goggles offer superior protection.

Indirect Vent Safety Goggles

Like the direct vent eyewear, these have perforations. However, the venting holes are covered, limiting the flow of liquids and particles.

The ventilation will provide vapor protection, but the effectiveness will be limited.

However, the eyewear will be susceptible to fogging. Choose anti-fog lens to minimize the rate of clouding.


Safety Glasses are suitable for industrial safety applications that need impact or UV protection.

Safety Goggles are ideal for labs and cleanrooms that need protection around the whole eye to protect from fumes, particles, or chemical hazards. - Blog