The majority of work-related eye injuries are a result of flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Other common potential hazards include fumes, vapors, chemical splashes, and extremely bright or hazardous light, such as from welding. A job hazard assessment performed prior to the start of a particular task will determine the type of eye protection required.
Proper Use of Eye Protection
- Always wear proper eye protection where required, even if danger to your eyes seems remote.
- Before use, verify that your equipment is appropriate for the task.
- Inspect eye protection prior to each use.
- If you wear prescription eyewear, use eye protection that accommodates it. Prescription eyewear by itself is not a substitute for safety glasses or goggles.
- When welding or cutting, always wear safety glasses or goggles underneath face shields or welding helmets.
- When your work is complete, store eye protection properly and away from extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.