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Health & Safety Event 2022

30 April -2 May 2024
NEC, Birmingham



18 Mar 2021

PLATINUM®, Exclusive anti-fog and anti-scratch technology

Bollé Safety Stand: 3/B50

Bollé Safety, world leader in the design and manufacture of protective and sports eyewear, has developed their unique and exclusive PLATINUM® lens coating providing all healthcare professionals with the highest levels of protection, clarity, and vision.

For the first time in history, a health crisis has shut down the entire global economy, demonstrating how inseparable healthcare and the economy have become.

The COVID-19 pandemic keeps making a tremendous impact in healthcare work environments. The need to keep patients from mingling together and a scarcity of PPE have had continued effects on hospital and healthcare business operations throughout the pandemic response.

Wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) makes it difficult to clearly see and hear patients and the surrounding environment. This becomes a safety issue when providing care and doing precise work, such as charting or filling medications. Wearing safety eyewear that fog can lead to disastrous results.
The healthcare industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Healthcare workers (HCWs) continue to provide care and save lives during the pandemic, despite exhaustion, increased rates of infections, and deaths of patients and loved ones.

  • Eyewear fogging can be dangerous and even deadly in healthcare environments

The current guidance for PPE from WHO has several categories depending on the level of risk. The focus is on contact and droplet precautions to prevent exposure of the nose, eyes, and mouth. The required PPE, for example, during hospital care of COVID-19 patients includes gowns, gloves, medical masks, and eye protection. Safety eyewear needs to be relied on to provide protection and ensure safety -- a clear vision field must be maintained at all times.
The fogging effect on eyewear is a result of rising body temperature and environmental factors such as heat and humidity. Glasses can fog while exerting effort, such as turning intubated patients or walking upstairs. Going from cold to hot environments or vice versa, such as leaving an air-conditioned place into summer heat outside (temporary hospitals) or going from winter coldness to a warm place, can completely fog over your vision.
When wearing a mask and eyewear, warm exhaled air from the mouth lands on the cooler lens of the glass and creates the formation of small water droplets. This condensation reduces visual acuity, scatters light, and negatively affects vision. Researchers interviewed medical staff at a hospital in Wuhan, China, who explained that their goggles fogging was a problem when caring for COVID-19 patients. They noted that fogging can hinder work efficiency and be dangerous.
Fogging is such a challenge for people who wear safety eyewear that manufacturers strive to make advances in anti-fog coatings and lens technologies for improved performance.

  • Innovative protective coatings for safety eyewear

Innovative protective coatings can keep safety eyewear fog-free all day. It is important to ensure that the eyewear is comfortable, and that vision is not impaired.
The unique and exclusive EN166 K and N permanent double sided anti-fog and anti-scratch PLATINUM® coating is available on safety glasses and goggles, including prescription glasses. Bolle Safety is the first company in the world to supply all their prescription lenses with PLATINUM® coating, giving all eyewear a high resistance to scratching, to the most
aggressive chemicals and delays the onset of fogging. In all circumstances and at all times, the PLATINUM® lens innovation ensures your eyes improved protection and guarantees greater safety, reliability, and comfort.
Anti-fog coating incorporates hydrophilic materials that absorb moisture and hydrophobic techniques that divert excess moisture to the sides of the lens. Most protective eyewear on the market only protects the inside of the lens against fogging and the outside against scratching but this does not account for all the types of fogging up that can occur.
Other technology like the PLATINUM® Coating by Bollé Safety offers more comprehensive protection from fogging up by applying a scratch-and-fog-resistant coating on both the inside and outside of the lens.

  • Anti-fog eyewear solutions for hard-working healthcare professionals

Medical staff is exceptional for what they do every day to save lives, so they deserve the best and most comfortable protection. While fogging can have detrimental effects in a healthcare environment, including accidents and injuries, there are now anti-fog innovations that allow clear vision while wearing safety eyewear for long periods of time.
Ensuring that PPE eyewear is comfortable and free from fog and scratches allows healthcare workers to continue to do what they do best -- providing essential care.

It is Bollé Safety’s shared commitment to provide the highest quality protection for all healthcare professionals. Ultra-innovative, materials, lenses and accessories of the complete Bollé Safety range have a simple goal: to prevent eye injuries, provide maximum comfort to users with design and performance and reduce cost in use.

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