Eye Protection Required

Eye Safety – Weekly Safety Moment

Eye safety is critical at all times.  Always make sure you’re aware of the appropriate protection for the task at hand and that you are fully protected before beginning.

Always wear goggles or safety glasses that have side shields:

  • If you use contact lenses, wear unvented goggles

Always wear goggles:

  • If there will be a lot of dust, liquids, and gases or for overhead work

Also wear a clear, plastic face shield for:

  • When working with corrosive chemicals or metals that can splash
  • Grinding, chipping, or using a wire brush on welds
  • Flying particles
  • Sandblasting (the respirator needed for sandblasting has a helmet with a strong shield)

Eye Safety Checklist:

  • Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
  • Make sure that tools work and safety features (machine guards) are in place.
  • Make sure that workers (particularly volunteers) know how to use tools properly.
  • Keep bystanders out of the hazard area.
  • Identify the primary hazards at the site.
  • Identify hazards posed by nearby workers, large machinery, and falling/shifting debris.
  • Select the appropriate ANSI Z87.1 eye protection for the hazard.
  • Make sure the eye protection is in good condition.
  • Make sure the eye protection fits properly and will stay in place.
  • Caution – Brush, shake, or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead, or the top of the eye protection before removing the protection.
  • Do not rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing.
  • Clean eyewear regularly.

PDF version is available through the link below.

Safety Moment – Eye Safety