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Plastic, Metal, Titanium & Rimless Safety Frames: How to Choose Between The Options

Posted by Cristie Wineland on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 @ 13:02 PM

It is important to have safety glasses with safety frames that are suited to the worker’s specific environment and needs. Safety frames are heat resistant, stronger than streetwear frames, and are designed to hold lenses in place during trauma to the glasses. Safety frames come in all styles, colors and materials. Below is a list of options for safety frame material types, including plastic, metal, titanium and rimless.

Plastic Safety Frames

Total plastic safety frames are an anti-arcing frame and do not include metal parts. Plastic frames can be heavier than metal frames and are less adjustable because the frames are thicker and more rigid; therefore they feel more solid and secure. Plastic frames also can lose their “fit” a lot quicker than a metal frame, meaning you have to make more frequent office visits to get the frames adjusted.

Plastic safety frames are perfect for workers at power companies, electricians and anyone near electricity because they don’t include metal. If you are concerned about metal as well as air-borne dust, a good frame to choose is the Sperian SW06. It has a dust-inhibiting foam padded bar across the top so that debris can’t drop between your forehead and glasses. If there is a lot of dust in the air, use the elastic strap to pull the safety frame and padded foam tight to your face to keep out all the dust.

Metal Safety Frames

Metal safety frames are more flexible than plastic and are fully adjustable for a durable, custom fit without sacrificing style. The metal frames are more lightweight than plastic and include a saddle nose pad and soft, flexible temples for increased comfort.

Metal safety frames are good for many work and sporting environments. They are durable and long-lasting, with a lower frequency for needing adjustments. However, one adjustment that is the most common for metal frames is the temples can break due to wear from the glasses being taken on and off.

Titanium Safety Frames

Titanium safety frames may feel like a luxury, but they have a lot of advantages. Titanium safety frames are malleable, meaning they can bend without breaking, thereby increasing safety and decreasing the number of adjustments to keep them fitting well. Titanium safety frames also can be used for very thin rims and intricate designs, increasing comfort and style. They are more lightweight than metal or plastic, making them very comfortable and almost giving you the feeling that you aren’t wearing glasses. Titanium safety frames are also non-allergic.  They may cost more, but if these features are important to you, it might be worth the price.

Rimless Safety Frames

Rimless safety frames are more sleek and contemporary, as well as comfortable. These wireless glasses do not have a visible frame of plastic or metal and can therefore appear that you are not wearing glasses at all. Without a frame to hold the lenses, frameless glasses are easier to break than plastic or metal.
Whatever frame you choose, be sure that the frame material meets all of your safety needs, requirements, comfort and budget. If you find that none of these materials will do the job, check out safety goggles for increased protection.

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