Eye Protection Safety on the Job



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


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