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ToolBox Talks: Eye Protection

You hear true stories of workers who while using a nail gun, accidently shot a nail that ricocheted into their eye. Another worker had a piece of wood splinter off and was struck in the eye. These eye injuries often require serious medical treatment.



Think of some excuses you have used (or heard others use) for not wearing your eye protection: 

“they are not comfortable”
“they are dirty”
“they fogged up”
“I was only doing it (a hazardous task) for a few seconds”
“it won’t happen to me “
“I’ve been doing it this way for 30 years”


While you may think these excuses are good reasons for not wearing your safety glasses/goggles at work, consider what could happen if you injured one or both of your eyes.


Is it worth risking potential injury, or even blindness, for any one of those reasons? Absolutely not!


Eye protection is intended to help prevent accidents that can lead to serious injuries.



Flying particles (Cutting, chipping, drilling, grinding, brushing, and blowing with compressed air)
Molten metal (torch cutting, welding, brazing)
Liquid chemicals (mixing, cleaning, measuring)
Acids or caustic liquids (applying cleaners, filling batteries)
Chemical gases or vapors (cleaning, mixing, spraying, heating)
Flash burn (welding, cutting, brazing, lasers).



All eye and face protection devices, such as safety glasses, goggles, and face shields must be marked that they meet or exceed the test requirements of ANSI Z87.1
The marking is typically located somewhere on the frame of the glasses or goggles.
Safety glasses used to protect workers from flying objects must also have side protectors built into the
design, or attachable side shields that meet the above referenced ANSI standard, to prevent objects and particles from injuring your eyes from the sides. Flimsy “slide on” side shields are not acceptable substitutes.



Those needing corrective lenses must either wear approved safety glasses with prescription lenses and
frames that meet or exceed the above referenced ANSI standard, or wear approved goggles designed to be worn over their regular prescription glasses that meet the ANSI standard.
If you are unsure whether your safety glasses or goggles are the proper type, or if they are ever damaged or lost, please report to your supervisor at once so we can take appropriate action where needed. Because as we discussed earlier, you could be injured, or even lose your sight, in the blink of an eye!


Let’s be safe out there!


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