Assessment of fogging resistance of anti-fog personal eye protection

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1999 Jul;19(4):357-61. doi: 10.1046/j.1475-1313.1999.00418.x.


The propensity for occupational eye protectors to fog in warm and moist conditions is often offered as a reason by workers not to wear occupational eye protection even where mandatory eye protection areas have been specified. A study of eye protection practices in the New South Wales coal mining industry identified the number one issue in underground coal mine conditions as being fogging of eye safety wear. Conventional anti-fog treatments and cleaners were considered by the miners as completely inadequate in these conditions. At the time of the study claims were being made for a new generation of lens treatments. These merited evaluation. Spectacles and goggles claimed to be fog resistant were obtained from manufacturers and suppliers and subjected to the test set out in BS EN 168 and the compliance criterion of BS EN 166. Some lenses claimed to be fog resistant failed the requirement, some new technology lenses showed arguably superior performance but failed the criterion of the standard. Modifications to the test procedure of BS EN 168 and acceptance criteria of BS EN 166 are proposed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Coal Mining*
  • Equipment Design
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Eye Protective Devices*
  • Humans
  • Humidity*
  • Male
  • Materials Testing / methods
  • New South Wales
  • Occupational Health*