Eye Protection

Last updated: February 28, 2018

What Does Eye Protection Mean?

Eye protection is a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to prevent injury to the eye. The eyes are one of the most important organs as well as vulnerable parts of human body. Eyes are easily injured by many things such as small particles, chemicals, biological agents, strong visible light and non-visible rays. Eyes should be protected by using appropriate eye protection.

Safeopedia Explains Eye Protection

The type of eye protection used epends on the type of hazard that may be present. Some of the common hazards to eyes derive from the following activities:

  • Dust, dirt, metal or wood chips resulting from chipping and grinding activities
  • Splashes from chemicals, hot liquids and molten metals, detergents, cleaning liquids, solvents or other harmful solutions
  • Bigger objects flying or swinging into the eyes, impacts (blunt force)
  • Intense light, harmful rays from the use of arc welding and lasers

Eye protection includes:

  • Safety spectacles: Special glasses that conform to concerned specific standards. All safety glasses have side shields
  • Goggles: Used against chemicals or flying particles. Splash goggles have shielded vents at the top of the goggles
  • Face Shields: Provide protection to eyes and face from flying particles and liquid splashes
  • Welding Shields: Protect eyes from burns or temporary blindness caused by intense light, infrared, sparks and metal chips
  • Laser Safety Goggles: Protect against lasers

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