Eye and Face Protection

Many eye injuries occur every year at industrial sites, manufacturing sites, and laboratories. The highest number of eye injuries in the U.S. are caused by welding equipment, power grinders, and buffers. Some other tools, such as saws and drills, contribute to eye injuries as well when employees use insufficient eye and face protection or the equipment is faulty. Eye and face injuries can be caused by small particles from objects striking or abrading (wood chips/dust/metal slivers/cement chips/etc.). Laboratory staff, health care workers, janitorial workers, and animal handlers can also be exposed to eye and face injuries. To protect the eyes and face of employees at the workplace the work area must be inspected for any possible cause of injury and accidents such as chemicals, dust, radiation, and heat. To reduce or eliminate eye and face injuries at the workplace engineering controls must be considered. PPE, such as goggles, face shields, safety glasses or full face respirators, must be used. Eye protection equipment will be selected according to regulations and the hazard assessment of the task. OSHA requires eye and face protection to be provided whenever it is needed to employees to protect them from any eye and face hazards created by their task requirements. The workplace is required to have a safety program in place. All employees, managers, and visitors must follow the eye and face safety rules. This written safety program must meet all OSHA eye and face protection requirements. This includes safety training, Personal Protective Equipment, and more specific training depending on the task.

  1. Eye and Face Protection:
  • Employer must provide procedures for selection, evaluation, testing, and training of eye and face protection equipment.
  • The safety program must meet OSHA eye and face protection standards.
  • All safety glasses and goggles should be American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified for industrial eye protection.
  • Employees must know how to use tools properly.
  • Make sure tools are working safely.
  • Conduct safety assessments at the work area.
  • Always wear proper PPE for each task.
    • Make sure your eye protection fits properly.
    • Clean eye protection regularly
    • Do not rub your eyes or clothing with dirty hands.
  • Follow adequate housekeeping practices at your work area.
    • Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.

Follow all rules and regulations for your work area.