Personal Protective Equipment: Eye Safety

Have Your Workers "Seen the Light" About Eye Safety? 

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection The main causes of eye injury are flying objects, contact with chemicals, improper equipment operation, poor choice of eye wear, improper fit, and lack of awareness about risks.


Examples of Eye Hazards


Depending on your workplace and the kind of tasks employees perform, eye hazards will vary, of course. But these are the usual suspects: 

• Impact from flying objects such as large chips, fragments, particles, sand, and dirt from tasks such as chipping, grinding, machining, masonry work, woodworking, sawing, drilling, chiseling, powered fastening, riveting, and sanding.

• Chemicals in the form of splashes, fumes, vapors, and irritating mists from tasks such as acid and chemical handling, degreasing, plating, and so forth.

• Harmful dust getting in the eyes from tasks such as woodworking, buffing, and general dusty conditions.

• Radiant energy, glare, and intense light from tasks such as welding, torch cutting, brazing, soldering, and laser work.

• Heat from anything emitting extreme heat from tasks such as furnace operations, pouring, casting, hot dipping, and welding.

• Blood and infectious material splashes that could allow blood borne pathogens to enter the body through the eyes.


Protecting Your Eyes 


• Provide the highest-quality eye protection, such as that found in polycarbonate lenses.

• Make sure protective eye wear can be customized and is adjustable. Gear that cannot be fit to an employee's face is more likely to be removed than gear that fits well.

• Inspect goggles periodically for cracks, breaks, and loose frames. Train employees to regularly look for and report these problems.

• Regularly assess to determine if current eye protection measures are adequate, especially when new procedures or materials are introduced.


Additionally, employees should be trained to recognize eye hazards, select the proper protection for different kinds of hazards, and care for protective eyewear properly.

They need to protect against the greatest possible hazard level which can help with:

| Proper fit for protective eyewear 

| Combining protective eyewear with prescription lenses 

| Inspecting eye protection 

| Cleaning and maintenance of eyewear 

| First aid for eye injuries




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