Eye Protection Safety!

Eye Protection Safety

Eye protection is protective gear for the eyes, which comes in many types depending upon the threat that is to be reduced. The threats can be particles, light, wind blast, heat.

 Eye Protection Safety- A large percentage of eye injuries are caused by direct contact with chemicals. Most of the time, these injuries result from wearing the wrong type of personal protective equipment.  Very serious and sometimes permanent damage can occur when chemical substances come in contact with the eyes.  This can be in the form of splash, mists, vapors, or fumes. When working with or around chemicals, it is also important to know the location of emergency eyewash stations and how to utilize them with limited vision.

Personal protective equipment for chemical hazards include safety goggles and face shields.  Safety goggles are intended to shield the eyes against liquid or chemical splash, irritating mists, vapors, and fumes.  Safety goggles protect the eyes, eye sockets, and the face from many different chemical hazards. The protective seal that goggles provide around the eyes, will prevent objects or liquids from entering under or around the goggles. It is important to wear this type of personal protective equipment when working with or around liquids that may splash, spray, or mist.

There are a variety of goggles that can be used to protect the eyes from chemical exposure.  Prior to working with or near hazardous chemicals, take the time to review the types of goggles and choose the best protective eye equipment for your job.

Properly fitting goggles should form a protective seal around the eyes.  Poorly fitted goggles will not provide the required protection.  Eyecup safety goggles will cover the eye sockets completely and are available with direct or indirect ventilation.  Cover safety goggles can be worn over prescription glasses and are available in direct, indirect or non-ventilated varieties.

Selecting and properly wearing personal protective equipment is important to maintaining eye safety in the workplace.  For more information, refer to your specific workplace safety guidelines and speak to your safety manager.