- Use ANSI Z87.1 certified industrial eye protection with Z87 on the frames/lens.
- Wear safety glasses with side protection at the minimum!
- Most workers should wear goggles.
- Hybrid eye safety products with the comfort of glasses, the enclosure of goggles, and better breathability should be considered.
- Add a face shield over glasses or goggles for greater protection.
- The best general protection is a full-face respirator.
- Welders should use a welding helmet or goggles with the appropriate lens shade.
- Welder's helpers, other workers, and bystanders must have welding light protection when near torch cutting or welding.
|Eye Hazards for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery|
- Common hazards
- Dust, concrete, and metal particles
- Falling or shifting debris, building materials, glass
- Smoke, noxious/poisonous gases
- Chemicals (acids, bases, fuels, solvents, lime, wet or dry cement powder)
- Welding light and electrical arc
- Thermal hazards and fires
- Bloodborne pathogens (hepatitis or HIV) from blood, body fluids, human remains
- Common injuries
- Corneal abrasions and conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Concrete or metal particles or slivers embedded in the eye
- Chemical splash or burn
- Welder's flashburn
- Eyeball laceration
- Facial contusion and black eye
- Bloodborne pathogen exposure from blood or other body fluids or human remains
|4 Points to Eye Safety|
- Common hazards
- Have a safe work environment
- Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
- Make sure that tools work and safety features (machine guards) are in place.
- Ensure that workers, particularly volunteers, know how to use tools properly.
- Keep bystanders out of the hazard area.
- Evaluate your safety hazards
- Know your primary hazards.
- Recognize hazards from nearby workers, large machinery, and falling/shifting debris.
- Wear the proper eye and face protection
- Select the Z87 eye protection for the hazard.
- Make sure the eye protection is in good condition.
- Make sure it fits properly and will stay in place.
- Eye/face protection devices should not be relied upon to provide complete protection.
- Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs
|Types of Eye Protection|
Use certified eye protection. Look for the "Z87" mark on the lens or frames.
|Eye Safety for Prescription Lens Wearers|
Use polycarbonate or Trivex® lenses for the best
impact protection in prescription safety glasses.
- Prescription Safety Glasses
- Workers who wear prescription glasses should wear tightfitting goggles over normal streetwear glasses or contact lenses.
- Goggles should also be worn over prescription safety glasses in high dust environments. If worn alone, prescription safety glasses must have side shields.
- Prescription safety lenses with tempered glass or acrylic plastic lenses are not suitable for high impact. These types of safety glasses should not be used when working in debris areas unless covered by goggles or face shield.
- Polycarbonate or Trivex® lenses should be used when working in high impact areas. New safety glasses with polycarbonate lenses should be hard-coated to reduce scratching
- Contact lenses may present a significant corneal abrasion risk when working in dusty areas unless tightfitting goggles or a full-face respirator are worn.
- Full-face respirators will not seal properly over streetwear glasses or safety glasses. Prescription inserts compatible with a respirator should be used. Respirators should be professionally fitted.
Use ANSI Z87.1 Certified
Safety Eye Protection
Look for the Z87 mark
on the frame or lens
Brush, shake, or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead, or the top of the eye protection before removing protection. Beware of rubbing eyes with dirty hands or clothing. Clean eyewear regularly.
|First Aid for Eye Injuries|
- Specks in the Eye
- Do not rub the eye.
- Use an eye wash, flush eye copiously.
- See a doctor if speck does not wash out, pain or redness continues.
- Cuts, Punctures, Objects Stuck in the Eye
- Do not wash out the eye.
- Do not try to remove an object stuck in the eye.
- Stabilize eye with a rigid shield without pressure such as with the bottom half of a paper cup.
- See a doctor at once.
- Chemical Burns
- Immediately flush eye with water or any drinkable liquid. Open the eye as wide as possible. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes. For caustic or basic solutions continue flushing while in route to doctor.
- If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. Flushing may dislodge the lens.
- See a doctor at once.
- Blows to the Eye
- Apply cold compress without pressure.
- Crushed ice in a plastic bag can be taped to the forehead to rest gently on the injured eye.
- See a doctor at once in cases of continued pain, reduced vision, blood in eye or discoloration which can mean internal eye damage.