Safety Tips - Eye Protection

Eye Protection
Wearing the right type of eye protection equipment is the key to preventing most on-the-job eye injuries.
Worksite Tips: 
  • If your workplace has airborne dust or grit and a risk of flying particles or splashing chemicals, you need eye protection.
  • Regular glasses do not provide adequate protection, and contact lenses are never a substitute for safety gear.
  • Many types of eye protection exist, including designs that can be worn over prescription glasses.
Choosing Eyewear:
  • Select the protective eyewear best suited to the job.
  • Glasses with impact-resistant lenses and side shields provide adequate protection for most types of work.
  • Flexible-fitting or cushion-fitting goggles  fit easily over prescription glasses and  provide front and side protection.
  • Special purpose eyewear, such as chemical or chipping goggles, provide maximum protection from fumes and flying debris.
  • Full face shields may be worn in addition to protective eyewear. Face shields do not protect from impact hazards.
  • All lenses, frames and transparent shields should meet American National Standards Institute Z 87.1 guidelines. Check with your supervisor if in doubt.
Emergency Procedures:
Know the locations of eyewash stations, face-washing units and first-aid equipment. Complete   required training and know how  to use emergency equipment. Report accidents to your supervisor and get medical help immediately.
Potential Eye Injuries Include:
  • Dust, dirt, metal or wood chips entering the eye from activities such as chipping, grinding, sawing, hammering, the use of power tools or strong wind.
  • Chemical splashes from corrosive substances, hot liquids and solvents.
  • Objects swinging into the eye, such as  tree limbs, chains, tools or ropes.
  • Radiant energy from welding, harmful rays from the use of lasers or other radiant light, as well as heat, glare, sparks, splash and flying particles.
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Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration