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Eye Wear

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Using the proper eye wear is an effective way to eliminate much of the risk of eye injuries in the workplace. According to a 1980 survey, American workers sustain approximately 1000 eye injuries every day. Three out of every five may have been prevented by proper eye protection.

Currently, there are many types of eye protection on the market. Safety goggles, face shields, and eyeglasses with side shields are a few examples of the many kinds of eye wear available, each offering slightly different protection. For example, safety eyeglasses with side shields are appropriate for light grinding, but when used in combination with a face shield, they can provide protection that is suitable for laboratory work as well.

Depending on the application there may be many types of appropriate eye protection, or there may be only one. In general, shatterproof eye wear that allows air to circulate between the lenses and the eye without allowing dust and particulate matter to enter provides the most protection. For applications involving laser usage, different standards apply.

Assessing Your Need for Eye Wear

Experts recommend an onsite hazard assessment in order to determine what kind of eye wear is appropriate for your specific applications. Occupational Health and Safety Technologists performing hazard assessments will look for certain important dangers, such falling or shifting debris, possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens, and dangerous chemicals. Once the dangers are assessed and noted, you can determine exactly which eye wear will offer the best protection for each application.


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