What’s wrong with this picture?
The worker using the circular saw has a perfectly serviceable set of goggles to protect his eyes from flying debris. Too bad he’s got them wrapped around his baseball cap instead of over his eyes.
The Moral: Providing workers the right eye protection isn’t enough to prevent eye injuries—and OSHA citations. You also have to ensure workers use the protective equipment properly.
The first thing you need to do is select the right kind of eye protection to use. The 5 most common types are:
2. Goggles completely cover the eyes, eye sockets and facial area around them
3. Welding Shields are made of vulcanized fiber or fiberglass and fitted with filtered lenses that must be of a shade number necessary to protect against the particular hazard
4. Laser Safety Goggles protect eyes against harmful light produced by lasers
5. Face Shields are transparent plastic sheets that extend from the eyebrows to below the chin and across the entire width of the head and may be polarized to protect against glare
8 EYE PROTECTION DO’S & DON’Ts
There are 8 things to do/not do to ensure proper use of eye protection:
DO clean your eye protection regularly following company/manufacturer instructions
DON’T use goggles if they’re scratched, don’t fit right or the elastic band is frayed
DO inspect your eye protection each time before you use it
DON’T use safety spectacles if they’re scratched, bent or don’t fit right
DO ensure that face & welding shields are disinfected periodically
DON’T use eye protection that’s not designed to protect you from the actual hazard you face in doing the job
DO make sure you actually use your eye protection—don’t be like that worker with his goggles on his baseball cap in the photo
DON’T use eye protection equipment if it doesn’t fit right, obstructs your movement or blocks your vision
Go to the SafetySmart Compliance PPE Compliance Center to ensure compliance with OSHA eye and face protection requirements: