How to prevent eye injuries at work

Four things you can do to prevent eye injuries at work.

  1. Be fully aware of the eye safety danger areas at your work
  2. Eliminate as many hazards before you begin working by adding machine guards and work screens
  3. Wear proper eye protection like safety goggles, glasses, shields and/or masks
  4. Keep your safety eyewear in good condition, clean and fog free. Anytime they become damaged — replace them

Based on a hazard assessment of your work space — you’ll know which type of eye protection to select and wear.face-shield-eye-protection-anti-fog-c-clear

Eye Protection Types:

  • Non-prescription and prescription safety glasses — Most safety glasses  look like normal eyeglasses, but they are designed to provide a significant amount of eye protection. The lenses and frames are much stronger than regular eyeglasses and must meet standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Look for the Z87 mark on the lens or frame of the safety glasses you are looking to purchase.

    Safety glasses should provide eye protection for general working conditions where there may be dust, chips or flying particles and debris. An option is to have side shields and wraparound-style safety glasses preventing all angles of your eyes.

    Safety lenses are available in glass, plastic, polycarbonate or Trivex™ lens material. While all four types must meet or exceed the minimum requirements for protecting your eyes, polycarbonate lenses provide the highest level of protection from impact.The lens/shield on goggles will protect your eyes from chemical splashes and ocular exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

  • Goggles — Goggles provide impact, and protection from dust and chemical splashes. Like safety glasses, safety goggles are highly impact resistant. In addition, they provide a secure shield around the entire eye and protect against hazards flying in from any direction.Goggles can be easily worn over your prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses providing protection from flying objects, chemical splashes, and loose dust and debris.
  • Face shields and helmets — Full face shields are used to protect workers exposed to chemicals, heat, or bloodborne pathogens. Helmets are used for welding or working with molten materials. Face shields and helmets should not be worn alone as the single protective eyewear. They need to be worn over safety glasses or goggles. Wearing safety glasses or goggles under face shields also provides protection when the shield is lifted.
  • Special protection — Other types of protection, such as helmets or goggles with special filters to protect the eyes from optical radiation exposure, should be used for tasks such as welding or working with lasers.

One way to ensure that your safety glasses provide adequate protection is to be sure they fit properly. Also, eye protection devices must be properly maintained. Scratched, dirty or fogged up eye protection may reduce your vision and cause uneccessary glares that may contribute to accidents on the job.Eye protection on the job - C-Clear prevents fogging

Protective eyewear works best when you know how to use it properly. Combined with machine guards, screened or divided work stations, and other engineering controls, using the correct protective eyewear can help keep you safe from any type of eye hazard.

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