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Safety Eyewear

Last updated: October 30, 2016

What Does Safety Eyewear Mean?

Safety-eyewear is an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect the eyes of the wearer from hard blows or other injuries. They are glasses that have heat treated lenses or where the glass has been replaced with plastic to stop glass breaks, which can result in slivers of glass entering the eyes when broken. In the U.S. the use of safety glass in making safety glasses is mandatory.

Safeopedia Explains Safety Eyewear

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set forth standards for the use of safety eyewear and work conditions and activities that require it. There are different varieties of safety eyewear including prescription glasses, tinted or polarized glasses and glasses with built in or attachable side shields. These different varieties may have different safety ratings under OSHA's standards and should be made and selected according to OSHA's design specifications for safety. Employers should issue appropriate eye protection when working in conditions outlined by OSHA that require protective eyewear.

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