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Selecting the Right Eyewear

Why wear eye protection?
Industrial related eye injuries are commonly caused by chemical splashes, metal or plastic debris hitting the eye, tools accidentally striking the face, and improper use of equipment.

Given that most NZ/Australian industries require protective eyewear to be worn, why not look stylish wearing them?

ProChoice has an ever changing range of safety specs in the latest materials, designs and colour, which meet the required safety.Standards and popular styles.

Our Certified range also includes protective goggles and face shields.

ProChoice offers a huge range of safety spectacles, goggles and eye shields.
In NZ/Australian conditions, one area of sight damage that should not be forgotten is that caused by Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. It can lead to eye complaints ranging from mild irritation to cataracts and cancer of the conjunctiva. Tinted safety glasses from ProChoice meet Australian Safety Standards preventing at least 99.9% of harmful UV rays from reaching the sun sensitive parts of the eye.

The ProChoice range of protective eye wear includes tinted spectacles that offer 99.9% UV protection.
Fortunately, eye protection is required by legislation in many workplace situations and our range meets these requirements with style, comfort and Certified effectiveness.

ProChoice also provides the wearer with choice. Spectacles, goggles and visors are available in clear, smoke, mirror, amber and polarised models and all meet NZ/Australian Safety Standards.

Our range is constantly growing, so make regular visits to our website to check on our latest models – our aim is to provide you with the best choice of eyewear in Australia.

Why is eye protection necessary?
Legislation decrees that approved safety glasses or eye protection must be worn in a wide variety of workplace environments. 

What features should be looked for in quality safety glasses?
Check to see that the spectacles have the NZ/Australian Standards logo which indicate that they conform to tests for impact resistance. There are also four lens markings indicating suitability for specific applications.
Lens Marking Type of Lens
I or F Medium impact
V or B High impact
M or 9 Molten metal and hot solid resistant
O Outdoor use, untinted
A Extra high impact

Is there a minimum standard for safety glasses in the ProChoice range?
All ProChoice models feature medium impact, polycarbonate lenses; 99.9% UV protection and are Certified to
AS/NZS1337.1:2010 Standards.

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AS/NZS 1337.1:2010          AS/NZS 1338.1:1992
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What does this AS/NZS1337.1:2010 Standard test for?
A number of requirements need to be met before any eye protection can meet this Standard.

All eye protection must meet the following criteria:

General Finish
The eye protector must be finished correctly and not cause injury or discomfort during use.

Materials should not cause skin irritation, abrasion or skin discolouration.

Optical Properties of Lenses
Lenses that offer protection, provide no distortion and are comfortable to wear.

Eye protectors that completely seal the eyes must provide ventilation (Note: some medium and high impact protectors are exempt from this requirement).

Dimensional requirements for face shields and spectacles
The minimum vertical dimension for face shields is 150mm from the lower edge of the browguard to the lower edge of the visor. For spectacles a length of not less than 42mm and a depth of not less than 32mm is required.

Lateral Protection
In addition to ‘impact’ testing, eye protectors claiming impact resistance greater than low impact resistance must also provide lateral protection. This is evaluated by placing the eye protector on a manikin head and being subjected to horizontal impact using a metal rod about 2 metres long and 22mm in diameter.

Impact Resistance
All eye protection shall be capable of withstanding impact from a specified weight ball without cracking, detaching or dislodging, breaking or coming into contact with the eye or the head.
Low Impact - Can withstand impact from an object moving at 12 metres per second.
Medium Impact - Can withstand impact from an object moving up to 45 metres per second.
High Impact - Can withstand impact from an object moving up to 120 metres per second.
Extra High Impact - Can withstand impact from an object moving up to 190 metres per second.

Penetration Resistance
Eye protection must withstand penetration of a specified weight projectile without cracking into two or more pieces, being pierced or allowing the projectile to come into contact with the eye or the head.

Flame Propagation
Materials used in the construction of protectors should withstand heat so that the burning rate of the material will be no greater than 100mm per minute.

Thermal Stability
Materials used in the construction of protectors shall be stable at elevated temperatures and will show no physical distortion in optical properties or strength.

Protection Against Corrosion
When tested for corrosion, the materials shall have a smooth surface free from corrosion.

Low Impact Protection
All eye protection should be capable of withstanding the relevant test for low impact.

Medium Impact Protection
Medium impact protection is required for wide vision goggles, wide vision spectacles, faceshields and eye shields.

High Impact Protection
High impact resistant spectacles, glasses and shields should be worn during impact tasks including metal chipping, hydraulic nailing or any mechanical procedure involving high velocity machinery.
Which eyewear should I use?
The following table gives some guidance in the selection of appropriate protective eyewear; whether a spectacle, goggle or faceshield. In all cases, a proper risk assessment should be carried out by a suitably qualified Occupational Health and Safety professional.

  • Use only AS/NZS1337 approved eyewear
  • Review the work area for potential hazards and select the appropriate eye and/or face protection in consultation with your Occupational Health and Safety professional
  • Faceshields can be worn over spectacles or goggles
Appropriate Eyewear Selection Guide:
Note that eye protection type is linked to category for quick access.
Work Situation Spectacle Goggle Faceshield
Chemical Cleaning  
Furnace Operation, Pouring, Casting    
General Engineering Workshop
General Factory Areas  
Hazardous Chemical Use (Splash)    
High Dust Environment  
Laboratories - Hazardous Chemical  
Laboratories - Non-Hazardous
Light Chemical Use (No Splash)
Masonry Work - Brick/Stone/Concrete  
Medical and Dentistry
Metal Grinding / Turning  
Solid Chemical Handling
Spray Painting  
Waste Handling
Woodworking (Non-powered hand tools)
Woodworking (Power tools)  
PLEASE NOTE: This table is a general guide only and is not an absolute basis for eyewear selection as some working conditions may require customised protection.

Choosing the Right Lens for the Job
The correct choice of lens finish plays an important part in the safety glass selection process.Consider the following features of the varied lens type available when deciding what spectacles are needed to get the job done in particular work situations.
Amber Lens Clear Lens
The characteristics of the filter show absorption of the blue light in the visible range; producing contrast enhancement in low light. Provides protection against general indoor hazards.
Smoke Lens Mirror Lens
Filters harmful UV rays as well as visible light and reduces glare from artificial light. The mirror coating reduces the amount of light through the lens by reflecting the glare.
Polarised Lense Indoor Outdoor Lens
Polarised lenses filter glare and enhance contrast. A slight mirror coating on a clear lens, allows more visible light through and reduces glare from artificial light.

Select the right frames for your face type.
Oval Face Type Heart Face type
Oval shaped faces have a forehead
that's just slightly wider than their chin
(like an upside down egg). The jawline
is somewhat rounded and the face
shape is longer than it is wide.
Heart-shaped faces have a long and pointed jawline. The chin is the smallest point of a heart shaped face, much like an upside down triangle.
Suited Frame Shape:
Square with rounded edges
Suited Frame Shape:
Rounded edges
Square Face type Long Face type
Straight sides of the face typify
a square face, and they are nearly
as wide as they are long. A strong
jawline is defining feature of this face
shape, with only a minimal curve.
Also referred to as rectangular faces,
long face shapes are characterised
by a long length but also forehead,
cheeks and jawline should all be pretty
much the same width.
Suited Frame Shape:
Oval shape
Suited Frame Shape:
Oversized, round or square frames
Round Face type Diamond Face type
Round faces are often associated with
round plump cheeks, but that isn’t
always the case. The cheekbones
are the widest part of the face on round
face shapes and the jaw will be curved.
Much like a square face with softer
A narrow and pointed chin as well
as high cheekbones are the most
prominent features of a diamond shaped face. The difference between diamond shaped faces and heart shaped faces is that the hairline is narrower on a diamond shaped face.
Suited Frame Shape:
Wide and angular
Suited Frame Shape:
Oval or frameless shapes

You can also download the complete brochure and eyewear protection guide here

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