To avoid eye injury, eye protection is often a required element of construction and many trades’ daily personal protective equipment (PPE).
There are three different types of eye protection available:
- Safety Glasses
- Safety Goggles
- Face Shields
Ensure that if you are at risk for eye injury, you wear the appropriate eye protection.
Safety glasses (sometimes referred to as safety spectacles) have frames that are stronger than everyday optical frames. They often have top and side shields, and may be heat resistant. There are many different types of lenses for safety glasses: polycarbonate, plastic, trivex, and glass.
Safety goggles offer a higher level of protection than standard safety glasses as they completely cover the eyes and surrounding eye area. Goggles can be worn over prescription glasses, and secure eyes against hazards such as chemical splashes and dust.
Face shields are used to protect wearers from heat and chemicals, used in conjunction with safety glasses or safety goggles.
Selecting Eye Protection
When considering eye protection, PPE should always:
- Fit properly
- Not restrict vision or movement
- Not interfere with other required PPE
- Protect against specific hazards
Select eye protection based on associated risks of a given task. Ensure that the coverage, lens type, and capabilities (heat resistance, splash guard, glare protection) meet relevant safety criteria.
If you are unsure if you have sufficient eye protection, talk to your supervisor.