E&S THEME OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2000 EYE PROTECTION An accident that involves your eyes can change your life FOREVER. It can leave you sightless, unable to keep your job or enjoy your family. Wearing the proper eye protection is essential to preventing eye injuries. Common Types Protective eyewear comes in different forms. All safety eyewear must meet the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z87) and be clearly marked with the manufacturer’s name. Lab Safety Supply provides a wide range of safety eyewear that meet ANSI requirements. Some common types of eyewear are: Safety Glasses protect you from impacts and must have side-shields (ANSI Z87.1-1989) Goggles seal the entire eye area and are designed for specific hazards such as impacts, dusts and chemical splashes. Laser goggles/glasses must meet ANSI Z136.1-1986 and Z87.1-1989. Face Shields protect your eyes and face from dusts, sprays, or chemical splashes and are worn over safety glasses or goggles Welding shields have filtered lenses that protect your eyes and face from sparks, burns, debris, and infrared or radiant light Prevention The choice of eye protection is based on the types of hazards found in your work area. If you work around multiple hazards, then you need eyewear that protects you against each hazard. Refer to the PPE Hazard Assessment Matrix found in Dow Jones’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program to determine what safety eyewear is required for typical production activities. Eye injuries usually fall into one of the following five categories: Impact injuries occur when flying fragments, objects, large chips or particles enter the eye. Most impact injuries happen during chipping, chiseling, drilling, grinding, sanding, sawing, woodworking, and masonry work. Depending on the job, you should wear safety glasses with side shields and goggles, or a face shield. Chemical injuries usually involve splashes or irritating mists. Chemical injuries happen most often in jobs that involve mixing or pouring chemicals, filling batteries with water. To protect against chemical splashes, you should wear vented cover-type goggles. Dust injuries can occur when paper dust is airborne in the pressroom, during construction, or woodworking activities. Caution: Do not use compressed air to clean clothes or machinery because it can create airborne dust that can enter and irritate your eyes. Light radiation injuries can result from exposure to light generated during activities involving welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, lasers. Avoid looking directly at the light source, especially during welding and laser operations. For hotwork, such as welding, cutting, brazing, and soldering, wear welding goggles or shields to protect your eyes from burns. Wear the darkest shade that still allows you to do your work. Prolonged exposure to glare or sunlight, can also damage your vision by straining your eyes – use UV glasses that screen out harmful UV light. WHETHER AT HOME OR ON THE JOB, DON’T TAKE RISKS WITH YOUR VISION. MAKE SURE THAT YOU WEAR THE PROPER EYE PROTECTION EVERY TIME!!!