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					                                                                   The Right Protection

Most eye injuries are preventable. Basic safety rules and common sense will tell you to wear
proper eye protection on the job. Don't take your eyesight for granted. The human eye is very
sensitive and can be easily damaged. You already wear sunglasses in a bright sun or while
driving - take the next logical steps and choose the right protection for the job you're doing.

The Wrong Hazards

Take care to avoid hazards that threaten your eyes. Follow safety precautions. Eye injuries are
very common, especially when people fail to use the eye protection available. Watch out for:

      Small particles, sand, rock, and objects that can hit your eyes
      Hot or molten bits of metal that can burn your eyes
      Chemicals that can burn delicate eye tissue
      Bright lights from welding arca can burn the optic nerve in your eyes

Right for Your Eyes

There are many types of eye protection. Choose the one that's right for your work. Good quality
safety glasses, goggles, face shields, hoods, and other equipment are available. Always refer to
OH&S legislation as a minimum standard and guide for when eye protection should be worn.

The Right Glasses

      Lenses - must meet CSA standards. These lenses are stronger than regular lenses and are
       impact resistant
      Lens Marking - the manufacturer's logo is marked on all approved safety lenses
      Frames - safety frames are stronger than regular frames and are often heat resistant. They
       prevent lenses from being pushed into your eyes
      Frame Imprint - All CSA-certified safety frames have the imprint of the standard number
       stamped on them and may have the CSA logo as well

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses do NOT provide eye protection. They do NOT replace safety glasses, goggles, or
other protective gear. Take advice and directions from a safety professional or an eye doctor
regarding the use of contact lenses in the workplace. Your employer must ensure that if wearing
contact lenses poses a hazard to you, they must advise you of the hazard and alternatives to
wearing contact lenses. For example, gases or vapours at a worksite can be absorbed by the
lenses and harm the eyes. Also many worksites have loose particles - posing a danger to contact
The Right Fit

For your comfort and safety, choose protection that fits you well. Your work day will be more
productive, less hazardous, and hassle-free. Consider:

      Whether your eye protection can be worn over vision-correcting eyeglasses in comfort
      Is your field of vision good? Does it mist up? Will you need to apply anti-misting
       compound too frequently?
      How long can you wear it in comfort?
      Is it subject to pitting from corrosives?
      Does it fit your face properly?
      Does it give the protection needed for the job being done?

The Right Maintenance

Keep your gear in good shape - it's your eyesight and you deserve it.

      Clean your equipment daily, following manufacturer's instructions
      Handle it with care to avoid scratching and keep it in a case when not in use
      Replace scratched, pitted, broken or bent glasses
      Lens-damaged eye protection interferes with vision and can fracture on impact
      Store your gear in a clean, dry place

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