Eye and Face Protection Guide
Workplace Eye Safety’s Leading Challenge
Using the correct eyewear could lessen the severity or even prevent 90% of eye injuries, according to Prevent Blindness America estimates. Fogging is the #1 challenge workers face with their safety eyewear. Obscured vision from foggy lenses can lead workers to remove their eyewear to wipe the lenses clean, exposing them to potentially serious injury and loss of productivity. Uvex HydroShield lens coating provides up to 60X longer-lasting, fog-free performance based on independent lab tests against competitive anti-fog coated products.
Myths vs Facts: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Workplace
Grainger Technical Product Support Specialists, Kelli Baker and Paul Burnside help break down common myths associated with personal protective equipment. They have compiled a list of common PPE myths to share and will cover topics like selecting the appropriate face protection, voluntary respirator use and identifying application-specific hand protection.
Eye and Face Protection
Grainger Technical Product Support Specialist, Sally Smart, will tackle issues dealing with eye and face protection. Topics include background on the applicable OSHA/ANSI requirements, selecting the proper eye protection and caring for eye injuries.
Choose from a number of OSHA-authorized programs and additional online courses to help you maintain safety training compliance.
Courses Pertaining to Eye Safety:
Personal Protective Equipment for Construction (#77)
Personal Protective Equipment for General Industry (#65)
Personal Protective Equipment for Laboratory Employers (#142)
Personal Protective Equipment for Manufacturing (#160)
Personal Protective Equipment for Petroleum Industry (#187)
Tips to Stay in Compliance – Eye & Face Protection
Help ensure employees use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids, caustic liquids, chemical gases and vapors or potentially harmful light radiation.
Employees who need safety glasses and also wear prescription lenses must either wear safety eyewear that incorporates the prescription in its design or use safety glasses that can be worn over prescription lenses without disturbing the proper position of either.
Goggles that have a foam or cloth padding around the seal should not be used in chemical splash applications.
Use equipment with filter lenses that have a shade number that’s appropriate for the work being performed for protection against light radiation.
Tips to Stay in Compliance – Emergency Eyewash
Where exposure to corrosive materials is present, OSHA requires suitable facilities within a work area for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body. Locate eye wash stations in areas that require no more than 10 seconds to reach.
Plumbed eye wash stations are permanently connected to a potable source of water and should be activated weekly to verify proper operation. Gravity-fed units contain their own flushing fluid that should be refilled or replaced after every use; follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper maintenance.
Train all employees who could be exposed to a chemical splash on the proper use of eye wash station equipment.
ANSI requires flushing solution to be kept at 60 to 100°F.
According to the organization, Prevent Blindness, an estimated 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries on the job, which not only robs many of them of their sight, but also costs employers and insurance companies millions of dollars a year.
These injuries incur more than $924 million annually in workers’ compensation and nearly $4 billion in wage and productivity losses.
90% of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear.
10 ways to prevent eye injury in the workplace: 1) Assess 2) Test 3) Protect 4) Participate 5) Fit 6) Plan for an Emergency 7) Educate 8) Support 9) Review 10) Put it in Writing.
Studies have shown the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing eye damage. Source: “Prevent Blindness”.