The eye being struck by swinging objects such as chains and ropes.
The eye being damaged as a result of one walking or falling into an object or projection.
The eye being splashed with chemicals, molten metal and other hazardous materials.
The eye viewing radiant energy sources from electric-arc welding operations.
How do the components of typical eye protection equipment protect the wearer against injury?
Safety glasses may look similar to regular glasses; however, safety glasses are much stronger and more resistant to impact and heat than regular glasses. In addition, safety glasses are equipped with side shields that provide protection from hazards that may not be directly in front of the wearer.
Goggles surround the eye area and provide more protection in situations where the wearer might encounter splashing liquids, fumes, vapors, powders, dusts, and mists. Goggles designated as chemical splash goggles are designed to provide protection against splashing hazards. Goggles designated as burning goggles with a minimum #5 shaded lens are designed to provide protection when performing oxygen/acetylene operations.
Face shields offer the wearer full face protection and are often used around operations that expose the wearer to molten metal, chemical splashes, or flying particles. Always wear safety glasses or goggles when using a face shield for added protection. Face shields alone are not considered adequate eye protection.
Welding helmets provide the wearer both face and eye protection. Welding helmets use special absorptive lenses that filter the intense light and radiant energy that is produced during electric-arc welding operations. Always wear safety glasses or goggles when using a welding helmet.
How should eye protection equipment be maintained?
Keep eye protection equipment clean and free from dust, oil, grease, etc.
Clean the eye protection equipment with mild soap and water. Special wipes that are designed for cleaning protective eye equipment can also be used. Never use abrasive soaps, rough paper, or cloth towels since these items will scratch and damage the equipment.
Always keep eye protection equipment in good working condition, repairing or replacing it if it becomes damaged.
Store eye protection equipment in a sanitary, cool, dry area away from moisture.
Always read the manufacturer's directions and warnings before using any eye protection equipment.
What precautions should be followed when wearing contact lens?
Contact lens should not be worn when using a full-face respirator.
Wear contacts with caution when working in areas where there might be exposure to fumes, dusts, powders, vapors, chemical splashes, molten metals, or intense heat, light or glare.
If any foreign material gets under a contact lens, take time to remove and clean the lens. (Follow the cleaning and caring instructions that are prescribed for the contact lens.)
Be aware that some chemicals can react with contact lens and cause permanent injury.
Keep an extra pair of contact lens or a pair of prescription glasses handy in case a contact lens is lost or damaged while at work.
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