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Eye Protection. Session Objectives. You will be able to: Identify potential eye hazards Prevent eye injuries with protective eyewear Use, maintain, and inspect proper protective eyewear Use appropriate first aid for emergencies. Eye Injury Statistics.

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Session objectives
Session Objectives

  • You will be able to:

    • Identify potential eye hazards

    • Prevent eye injuries with protective eyewear

    • Use, maintain, and inspect proper protective eyewear

    • Use appropriate first aid for emergencies


Eye injury statistics
Eye Injury Statistics

  • Each day, more than 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries

  • Annually, 62,000 eye injuries result in lost workdays

  • Eye protection can reduce the number and severity of eye injuries in 90% of accidents


Eye hazards
Eye Hazards

  • Flying objects

  • Harmful dust particles

  • Chemical splashing or spraying

  • High-intensity heat or light

  • Welding, brazing, torch cutting

  • Direct or reflected sunlight


Flying object hazards and protection
Flying Object Hazards and Protection

  • Hazard—flying objects cause lens damage

    • Fragments, chips, particles, sand, dirt

  • Work processes

    • Chipping, grinding, masonry work

  • Eye protection

    • Glasses with side protection, goggles, or face shield for severe exposure


Dust hazards and protection
Dust Hazards and Protection

  • Hazard—walking into floating particles causes irritation, redness, and abrasion

    • Wood dust, foam dust, soot

  • Work process

    • Woodworking, buffing, cleaning

  • Eye protection

    • Goggles for tight seal around the eyes


Chemical hazards and protection
Chemical Hazards and Protection

  • Hazard—splash, spray, or mist causes burning, pain, or blurriness

    • Acids, caustics, solvents

  • Work process

    • Handling or processing a chemical

  • Eye protection

    • Goggles

    • Face shield over goggles for severe exposure


Heat hazards and protection
Heat Hazardsand Protection

  • Hazard

    • Steam, hot liquid, hot air, or flame cause pain, eyelid burns, and blurred vision

  • Work process

    • Furnace operations, pouring or casting molten metals

    • Any high-temperature operations

  • Wear eye protection such as a screen or reflective face shield


Welding hazards and protection
Welding Hazards and Protection

  • Hazard—Welder’s flash or flying sparks cause pain, extreme sensitivity, and burns

  • Work process

    • Walking unprotected near welding operation

  • Eye protection

    • Welder’s face shield

    • Sunglasses inadequate


Sunlight hazards and protection
Sunlight Hazards and Protection

  • Hazard—direct or reflected sunlight

    • Retinal burn, blurred vision, pain

  • Work process

    • Working outside on any job, working near water

  • Eye protection

    • Sunglasses and hat


Eye hazards and protection questions
Eye Hazards and Protection—Questions?

  • Any questions about potential workplace hazards to the eyes?

  • Questions about eye protection for specific work processes?


Use proper protective eyewear
Use Proper Protective Eyewear

  • 90% of occupational eye injuries could have been avoided with proper protective eyewear

  • Many injured workers believed protective eyewear was not necessary in their particular situation

  • Follow company rules for eye protection


Eyewear standards
Eyewear Standards

  • Comply with ANSI Z87.1

  • Eye protection equipment will be marked “Z87”

  • Sunglasses or prescription glasses usually do not meet the standard


Choosing eye protection
Choosing Eye Protection

  • Fit the protection equipment to the person

  • Ensure high-quality equipment is used

  • Ensure good fit and comfort

  • Lens options


Maintain eyewear
Maintain Eyewear

  • Cleaning stations

  • Holders or cases

  • Issue new when necessary


Routinely inspect eyewear
Routinely Inspect Eyewear

  • Inspect before each use

  • Check for and replace cracked lenses

  • Replace scratched lens

  • Check for loose frames and nose pieces

  • Fit test before each use


Prescription eyewear
Prescription Eyewear

  • Contact lenses may be worn with PPE if determined safe by a hazard evaluation

  • Prescription safety glasses are available

  • Overglasses or partial face shields serve as additional barriers


Eyewash stations
Eyewash Stations

  • Chemical splashes require immediate first aid

  • 10 feet or 10 seconds from a work process with hazardous chemicals

  • Flush eyes for 15 minutes


Use of eyewear any questions
Use of Eyewear—Any Questions?

  • Any questions about the selection and use of eyewear?

  • Any questions about maintenance and inspection of eyewear?

  • Any questions about eye first aid?


Key things to remember
Key Things to Remember

  • Assess eye hazards

  • Select appropriate protective eyewear

  • Wear your eye protection

  • Don’t become an eye injury statistic


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