Understanding eye protection for infection control
Many information are available though not all of them are coming from reliable sources.
In order for you to have the best protection, and the most knowledge, we have created a summary of what type of eyewear protection to use depending of your needs.

The US Center for Disease Control, the European Center for Disease Control as well as the World Health Organisation have published recent documents in regards to the current COVID-19 situation, highlixghting the needs for PPE equipments such as protection eyewear. Recently, a study confirmed that the eyes could be a gateway for contamination.

Please note that eye protection alone is not effective for prevention of COVID-19 infection and full PPE should therefore always be worn. However, eye protection is an important factor in limiting the spread of the vieus during face to face contact, but also a mechanical barrier to prevent eye rubbing.

We believe that educating people will result in a better use of the equipments and will enable first responders’ to have a better access to the available PPE stocks.

HOW IT PROTECTS YOU FROM THE INFECTION ?

FACE SHIELDS

Face shields have the advantage of being a great physical barrier for both the eyes and the rest of the face. As for goggles, an anti-fog coating (AF) will make sure the wearer keeps a good visibility over time. PET has natural anti-fog properties and is therefore not necessarely AF coated. 

Products with side protections are recommended as they improve the physical barriere.

Headbands with pressure buttons should be preferred to headbands adjusted with a buckle as they garantee a better support over time.
FACE SHIELDS

SAFETY GLASSES AND OTG

Though no scientific evidence supports rumors that glasses/spectacles offer protection against COVID-19, it is fair to consider that safety glasses and OTG create a physical barrier between the wearer’s eye and its environment.

Wide temples and lenses are preconized as they increase the size of the physical barrier. A higher curve also ensure a better barrier. The first rule of thumb is however to choose glasses/OTG that fits the wearer’s face and reduce the gap between the glasses and the skin. Safety glasses and OTG do not provide the same level of splash and droplet protection as goggles and face shield.
SAFETY GLASSES AND OTG

GOGGLES

Sealed or Indirect vented goggles make the best protection for infection control and are recommended by all relevant organizations and experts for people working in healthcare settings. An anti-fog coating (AF) is necessary to ensure a better vision.

As for safety glasses, they must fit appropriately. As they will be used with other PPE such as respiratory masks, it is important that the goggle used do not interfere with the right usage of the other PPE.

As goggles are not always designed to seal around the wearer’s eyes, it is required not to put too much stress on the headband. This would result in discomfort for the wearer and would reduce the longetivity of the product.
GOGGLES

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR EQUIPMENT ?

Two types of equipments exist: Reusable and Disposable.

Regardless of the type of equipment used, it is important to aknowledge that a pitted, scratched or damaged lense must be replaced.

Reusable equipment must be cleaned and disinfected with single-use cleaning lens wipes or with water and soap. If using a personal cloth and a cleaning lens spray, the cloth should be washed regularly. Disinfecting the equipment might impact its core properties and coating over time. Users must therefore inspect their safety eyewear prior to each use to make sure it still complies with the user instructions provided at the time of purchase. Avoid using disinfectant containing lanolin or oils.

The B-Clean range was specialy developped by Bollé Safety and is a good detergent and has a low impact on the equipment’s core properties and coatings, therefore providing a good durability to the product. Regardless of the product used, always read and follow the disinfectant’s user instructions provided by the manufacturer. These steps must be followed to properly clean your equipment as per CDC’s recommendations:
  • Gloves should be worn during cleaning. If the equipment has been contaminated, the equipment device should be reprocessed in an area where other soiled equipment is handled.
  • Use a cleaning solution such as the hospital designated disinfectant to scrub the equipment with a clean cloth.
  • Allow the equipment to air dry in a non-infected environment.
If using a Disposable equipment, the product must be discarded after use.

A SPECIFIC RANGE OF PRODUCTS

As demand for PPE arose with the current situation, we took it as our duty to increase the capacity of production to improve the accessibility to reliable equipment for all first responders and people working everyday to save lives and keep the world spinning. To all of them, we want to say: «We’ve got you covered». For this reason, we have used all of our expertise to source products that we believe will answer the first responders’ needs for protection and visibility.