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What Type of Eye Protection Do I Need?

Posted by Obbco Safety & Supply on 11/18/2015 to 3M
While most people understand the need for eye protection, far too many choose the wrong type of protection, or no protection at all.  According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the two main reasons people suffer eye injuries at work are not wearing eye protection and not wearing the right type of eye protection for the task at hand. 

When it comes to workplace safety, OSHA requires the use of protection for eyes and face whenever there is reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented with eye protection.  Eye protection options include goggles, safety glasses, face shields or full face respirators, depending on the situation.  So how do you know which type of eye protection you need?

You can use these general guidelines:
  • If you are working in an environment with flying objects, airborne particles or dust, you should wear safety glasses with side protection at a minimum.
  • Working with chemicals means wearing full safety goggles.  Goggles are often the best choice if you wear prescription glasses.
  • Anyone working with or near hazardous items such as lasers, welding equipment and fiber optics should use special-purpose safety glasses, face shields, goggles or helmets.

Other factors involved in selecting the right eye protection include anti-fog coating, self-adjusting fit and overall comfort, like the features included in the 3M brand of personal safety items.  If you're not sure what protection is right for your project, err on the side of being over-protected, with goggles or a full-face shield.  When in doubt, give us a call and we can help steer you in the right direction.

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