Chandigarh, 29 June 2020: CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh has developed a technology for precision manufacturing of Safety Goggles for healthcare professionals involved in treating high viral load patients as in the case of COVID-19 pandemic. The current situation has brought out the need and significance of effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect the healthcare service providers, patients, and visitors from accidentally getting infected. The conjunctiva membrane, located inside the eyelid to lubricate the eyeballs, is the only exposed mucous membrane of the body. When the eyes are opened, the conjunctiva membrane is also exposed, making it an important but often overlooked entrance for viruses.
The developed protective eyewear is ergonomically designed to provide full cover and efficient sealing to the eye area and would protect the healthcare professionals from hazardous aerosols as well as other suspended particles. These safety goggles are designed with a flexible frame to provide tighter sealing with the skin of the face and would cover the eyes and the surrounding areas and even accommodating for prescription glasses.
A team of CSIR-CSIO scientists led by Dr. Vinod Karar, Chief Scientist & Head, Optical Devices & Systems, had taken up the design and development of the Safety goggles as protective eyewear in consultation with various industries and stakeholders to come up with an affordable and innovative precision manufacturing technique for commercial scaling-up “The goggles comply to ANSI/SEA Z87.1-2010 standard with respect to see-through optical transmittance and can be used in varied environmental conditions without any fogging or fatigue”, said Dr. Neha Khatri, Senior Scientist, CSIR-CSIO, associated with the project. The other members of the team include Dr. Sanjeev Soni, Dr. Amit L Sharma, Dr. Mukesh Kumar and Vinod Mishra.
The technology was transferred on digital platform to M/s Sark Industries, Chandigarh on 26th June, 2020 for its commercialization and mass production.
(Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-CSIO)
(Dr. Vinod Karar, Chief Scientist, CSIR-CSIO)
(Dr. Neha Khatri, Senior Scientist, CSIR-CSIO)