Eye Protection Safety

Eye Protection

Safety glasses are required at all times when working 

Protecting the eyes and face from hazards is extremely important considering all of the hazards on a jobsite. For example, a projectile to the eye not only damages the eye, but potentially the ligaments and muscles that move it, and in some cases the brain. Furthermore, lacerations to the face can damage muscle tissue and leave life-long scars. 

Always make sure PPE is properly rated for the job, fits properly, and doesn’t obstruct your view. Safety glasses/goggles need to have the ANSI Z87.1 rating stamped on them.

Causes of Eye and Face Injuries: 

➢ Splashes from harmful liquid chemicals such as acids or cleaning solutions 

➢ Flying debris, chips and dust from grinding and windy conditions 

➢ Flying projectiles from objects colliding, falling or being dumped 

➢ Loose straps, cords or banding that breaks or snaps under extreme tension 

➢ Extreme heat and light radiation from exposure to flames, welding or torches 

Types of Personal Protective Equipment 

Safety Goggles: Enclose the area around the eyes to provide the highest protection against airborne particles, flying projectiles and splash hazards. 

Directly vented – Protect against flying particulates, but NOT chemical hazards 

Indirectly vented/Non-vented – Protect against flying particulates and chemical splash hazards

Safety Glasses with Side Shields: Provide protection against airborne particles and flying projectiles. Safety glasses are made of impact resistant material and many are available with UV protection &/or tinted lenses. 

Prescription Safety Glasses: Standard prescription glasses are not made to protect you from eye hazards. To be protected, wear safety glasses that fit over top of your prescription or have Prescription Safety Glasses made for you. 

Weld Masks, Dark Shields, and Torch Glasses: protect the eyes and face from flying sparks, flash burns, and the intense light that occur during welding, torching and brazing operations. It is important to match the type and tint of the shade to the welding performed. 

Face Shields: protect the face from grinding debris, flying projectiles, radiant heat and chemical splashes. Face shields should be used in conjunction with eye protection to be fully protected. 

Toolbox talk based on NMGC submitted by Rob Rossi – Paulsboro Refinery