Eye Protection

Keep your eyes safe

Eliminating hazards is important for a safe work site. However, it may not be possible to eliminate all hazards through engineering design, guarding or administrative controls. In these cases, the use of Personal Protective Equipment is necessary. Employers are responsible for providing a workplace free of recognized hazards that can seriously harm employees.

Based on an assessment, affected employees should use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to hazards. These hazards include flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.

The employer should also make certain that all impacted employee use eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects. Detachable side protectors (e.g. clip-on or slide-on side shields) meeting the pertinent requirements of this section are acceptable.

The employer should be sure that each affected employee who wears prescription lenses while engaged in operations that involve eye hazards wears eye protection that incorporates the prescription in its design, or wears eye protection that can be worn over the prescription lenses without disturbing the proper position of the prescription lenses or the protective lenses.