Safety Glasses Inc. Best of Business 2017 Award

Safety Glasses Inc Receives 2017 Best of Fort Atkinson Award

Fort Atkinson Award Program Honors the Achievement

FORT ATKINSON March 22, 2017 — Safety Glasses Inc has been selected for the 2017 Best of Fort Atkinson Award in the Safety Supplies and Equipment category by the Fort Atkinson Award Program.

Each year, the Fort Atkinson Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fort Atkinson area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Fort Atkinson Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Fort Atkinson Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Fort Atkinson Award Program

The Fort Atkinson Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fort Atkinson area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Why Hard Hats are Needed!

I know hard hats can be an inconvenience and a lot of people don’t like to wear them. Hard hats are however a necessary part of your safety attire, especially anytime you have someone working above you, or you have the potential for something above you to fall.   Accidents can and will happen.  Take a good look at the picture below.  This hard hat probably saved someone’s life.  Don’t forget to wear a hard hat whenever your are using a chainsaw as well.  Quite often a dead branch above will snap off once a tree starts to fall.  Now you could still suffer a severe injury if something falls on you, but a hard hat could certainly lessen or prevent a possible injury.  Remember to always put safety first.

Metal Object Hits Hard Hat

Metal Object Hits Hard Hat

Meet the New Elvex Air Specs Stainless Steel Mesh Lens Safety Glasses

Yes, that is correct, safety glasses without polycarbonate lens.  The new Elvex Air Specs are safety glasses with a stainless steel mesh lens.  Have you ever ran a chain saw and had your safety glasses get all fogged up or full of perspiration?  Well, I certainly have. So what do you do, do you stop each time and wait for your body to cool down, not likely. You pull out a pair of Elvex Air Specs safety glasses/goggles.

I tried on a pair just this past week.  It takes you a few seconds for your eyes to get used to the screen, but they work great.  Once you start working, you don’t even notice that there is a screen in front of your eyes.  They have a EVA foam face seal around the perimeter and an adjustable strap to keep the glasses from coming loose.  The stainless steel mesh works great to keep wood chips and flying debris out our your eyes, even when cutting over head.  And or course you don’t have to worry about the glasses steaming up on you.  The one area of caution is the Air Specs are not designed to prevent chemical or liquids splashes.

Elvex  Air Specs

Fall and Winter Safety Catalog Sale



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Fall and Winter Safety Catalog



What about Indoor/Outdoor Safety Glasses?

Recently, I was asked about Indoor/Outdoor Safety Glasses so I dug into my vast knowledge of safety glasses (LOL) and retrieved the portion about I/O lenses. Thanks for your question!


The indoor/outdoor lens is actually a clear lens with a mirrored coating. The mirrored coating reflects sunlight and glare, which cuts down on eye fatigue and strain. It provides protection in the sun, but because of its clear lens and the high amount of visible light that passes through, this lens is effective inside as well.


The unique nature of this lens helps your eyes adjust when moving from a shaded area to a bright area and vice versa. Without these this lens it’s like a punch in the face every time you go in and out. This lens is ideal for individuals that work outside, but take a large number unnecessary breaks inside. Indoor/Outdoor lenses allows individuals to wear the same pair of safety glasses for indoor and outdoor applications. The most important thing to remember is to make sure that the door is shut when the air conditioner is on.


The indoor/outdoor lens can be used for most applications, whether they’re inside or out. They work best for individuals moving from shade to direct sunlight and back again. You know… people who have trouble making up their mind.  Here is a picture of the Radians Rad Infinity Indoor Outdoor safety glasses.  A very popular style. So as you start your spring outdoor projects remember you only have 2 eyes, so your better protect them.

Radians Rad Infinity I-O

Bifocal Safety Glasses with built in LED lights

Safety glasses have been around a long time.  Bifocal safety glasses have been around for maybe 15 years.  Now technology is adding new features to old stand-by’s.  Pyramex has introduced PMXTREME® w/ LED Light and Readers.  Bifocal safety glasses or reader safety glasses with LED lights built in to the temples.

Have you ever tried to work on something in a low light area. It can be difficult. If your thinking ahead of time you could wear your head lamp or possibly hold the flashlight in your mouth (who knows what germs might be on it). The new Pyramex bifocal safety glasses with LED lights work great because there is a switch on each temple LED light to lighten up the work area.  You can choose to turn one temple light on, or for more light you can turn both temple lights on.  The glasses are available in 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 diopter.  A very cool idea.

LED readers

OSHA Listens

Recently OSHA held a public meeting “OSHA Listens”, asking for public feedback on key issues the agency faces. The following nine questions were the different topics discussed:


What can the agency do to enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers and unions to identify and address workplace hazards?

What are the most important emerging or unaddressed health and safety issues in the workplace, and what can OSHA do to address these?

How can the agency improve its efforts to engage stakeholders in programs and initiatives?

What specific actions can the agency take to enhance the voice of workers in the workplace, particularly workers who are hard to reach, do not have ready access to information about hazards or their rights, or are afraid to exercise their rights?

Are there additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the agency’s current compliance assistance efforts and the on site consultation program, to ensure that small businesses have the information needed to provide safe workplaces?

Given the length and difficulty of the current OSHA rule making process, and given the need for new standards that will protect workers from unaddressed, inadequately addressed and emerging hazards, are there policies and procedures that will decrease the time to issue final standards so that OSHA may implement needed protections in a timely manner?

As we continue to progress through a new information age vastly different from the environment in which OSHA was created, what new mechanisms or tools can the agency use to more effectively reach high risk employees and employers with training, education and outreach? What is OSHA doing now that may no longer be necessary?

Are there indicators, other than work site injuries and illness logs, that OSHA can use to enhance resource targeting?

In the late 1980s, OSHA and its stakeholders worked together to update the Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) (exposure limits for hazardous substances; most adopted in 1971), but the effort was unsuccessful. Should updating the PELs be a priority for the agency? Are there suggestions for ways to update the PELs, or other ways to control workplace chemical exposures?

There was some great discussions out in the blog & twitter world in response.  What would your advice to OSHA be?  Are there any suggestions in the area of safety glasses or fall protection in particular?

Workplace “Safety” Around the World

It’s interesting the type of photos we see from around the world denoting workplace “safety.”   There’s always an abundance of pictures from China. Always.  It’s pretty apparent that fall protection safety is often over looked in many countries.

This guy is sitting on a 2 x 4 while working on a cantilever deck with no fall protection equipment protecting him.  Is it possible for that board to move while the worker is leaning or moving one way or another?  The only good news is he has lots of people around him to call 911 if he falls.

The Safety Guru group on Flickr has an interesting collection of safety photos from different contributors in locations around the world. I visit occasionally to see what’s new. Unfortunately I only post photos with direct permission from the photographer so I can’t use the 3rd party photos from that group. But you still can check it out and laugh… or groan.

Today’s photo was provide by P. Adkin which he shot when he was in China. Thanks so much for allowing us to use your photo.

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Stay safe!

Workplace Safety & Our Youth

Every year in the U.S. youth are either injured or die from work related injuries. Approximately 70,000 youth end up in the ER with work related injuries while another 70 die every year. It is most common for these injuries to occur in the first 6 months of the job. Many injuries are due to job duties that are illegal for them to do or from inadequate training.

Age Restrictions (Laws that protect teens from doing dangerous work)

No Worker Under 18 May:

-Drive a motor vehicle as a regular part of the job or operate a forklift at anytime.

-Operate many types of powered equipment (like meat slicer, circular saw, bakery machine)

-Work in wrecking, demolition, excavation or roofing.

-Work in mining, logging or a sawmill.

-Work in meat packing or slaughtering.

-Work where there is exposure to radiation.

-Work where explosives are manufactured or stored.


No Worker 14 or 15 Years May:

-Bake or cook on the job (except at a serving counter)

-Operate power-driven machinery, except certain types which pose little hazard such those used in offices.

-Work on a ladder or scaffold.

-Work in warehouses.

-Work in construction, building or manufacturing.

-Load or unload a truck, railroad car or conveyor.

Resources: NIOSH & OSHA

Here’s a great story that emphasizes the need for chainsaw chaps.


“Chaps actually saved my life once (I’m convinced, anyway). I was working for a builder in Michigan, clearing out some of his land for new houses. The lots were heavily wooded and his method was to push the trees over with the backhoe and we would buck them up on the ground, and sometimes this resulted in fairly large piles of trees.


I was working on one of the piles, cutting upwards from underneath the bottom of a limb that was lying more or less horizontally, when the balance of the pile shifted and the upper tip of the blade hit something where I couldn’t see it, and the whole blade kicked back across my upper leg. The chainsaw was running at full speed but the threads in the chainsaw chaps stopped the thing cold.


At first I didn’t even realize what had happened – I thought the saw had bound in the branches or something, and even gave the trigger a few kicks to try and loosen it again. That was when I felt it trying to tug at my pants and realized what had happened. We were miles away from nowhere; I am sure I would have bled to death in minutes if that thing had gone through my leg. So yeah, I’m a big believer in chaps.”


Thanks Joel for your story. The photo used is from another person’s chain saw injury (ugh – blood).   Joel’s leg is just fine.


Chain Saw Chaps