The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to keeping employees safe in the workplace. One of the most important aspects depending on the environment is eye and face protection. The risk of injury to the face or eyes can be catastrophic. Eyes are delicate and the potential to lose vision or cause damage is critical for your staff. If your industrial or production environment poses any danger in this regard it is critical that you are able to provide the right tools and protection to keep your employees safe. Here is what you need to know.
Exposures Requiring Protection
There are many potential hazards that could impact an employee’s vision or eyes on the job. If your company specifically deals with production that could involve any of the following, it is imperative that eye protection is provided for each employee. These dangers include flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.
What to Provide
If flying particles are one of the hazards of your workplace you must provide side guards with the safety glasses. The glasses can either be wrap-around styles or have removable side shields. These should be provided along with the safety glasses themselves to each employee handling these functions.
If anyone on your staff wears prescription lenses it is important that you are able to provide either prescription safety glasses or slip on safety glasses that fit over standard frame sizes. It is important that slip on safety glasses do not impede the user’s vision through their own prescription lenses. Make sure the glasses stay in the proper place on the nose for maximum protection.
Tinting for Harmful Rays
If potentially injurious light radiation is one of the potential hazards in your workplace, tinted lenses are required. The shade of the lenses will depend on the particular work begin performed. You can see more about the shade levels and their requirements on the OSHA website for eye protection.
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