Worksites Sought for Safety Field Tests on Eyewear Fogging

Fogging of personal protective eyewear -- safety glasses, goggles, and faceshields -- is both a safety hazard and a deterrent to workers wearing the equipment, which is why there are a number of companies now specializing in making anti-fog solutions. One of those companies, Valley View, Ohio-based Nanofilm, wants to know more about the problem.

The company, which makes Clarity Defog It™ and other lens care products, is seeking organizations to participate in a 12-day field test that consists of a 10-question benchmark survey, anti-fog products use, and a 10-question feedback survey for employees. Nanofilm says it will tailor the testing program to the specific needs of the participating worksites, create and tabulate the short employee surveys, and supply the anti-fog samples, and that there is no cost to participate.

The research plan targets organizations with known fogging problems, including industries such as utilities, pulp and paper, chemical handling, construction, law enforcement, and military. Nanofilm says it already has testing in place with a major southwest utility, a south Florida military unit, and a national ski organization.

"Professionals across industries tell us that a fogging problem is a given on safety glasses, goggles, and faceshields, but there are few statistics, standards, or solutions," says John Swett, Nanofilm's vice president of sales and marketing. "These field studies will provide information to help keep workers see safe, be safe."

The company notes that a 2009 study with focus groups made up of manufacturing, construction, service, medical, and retail workers showed that fogging is the number one vision-related reason for not wearing protective eyewear in the workplace. The same study found that using an anti-fogging solution was one of the top five ways to increase eyewear usage, cited by nearly 60 percent of the participating groups.

Organizations interested in participating in the research should contact Swett at 1-888-ENDS-FOG. More information is available at the www.defogitworks.com.

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