Eye hazards exist in many areas throughout a workplace. From dust and dirt to more powerful contaminants, there are plenty of ways in which an eye injury can occur. It’s important for workers to do all they can to protect their eyes and preserve their vision when they are on the job.
The Labour Program for Canada suggests working to eliminate eye hazards to effectively prevent them. Some ways to control eye hazards, include:
- Use protective screens and wire mesh grids to protect yourself from flying particles.
- Install safety glass guards on machines to prevent injuries caused by flying chips or splashing liquids.
- Place moveable shields around grinders, lathes and other similar machines to protect other workers.
- Enclose sources of fine dusts, mists or vapours.
- Control dust and fumes using general or local ventilation systems.
- Isolate hazardous operations in separate areas.
- For outdoor work, damp down work areas and seal dusty surfaces.
Another important way to protect your eyes is to wear proper eye protection. There are several different protective eyewear options:
Safety Glasses: Protect eyes from flying particles of metal, wood, stone, plastic or glass coming from the front only.
Safety Glasses with Semi-Side Shields: Protect eyes from flying particles coming from the front or the side.
Safety Glasses with Eye-Cup and Side Shields: Protect eyes from flying particles coming from the front, side above or below.
Safety Goggles with Regular Ventilation: Protect eyes from dust, sparks and flying particles coming from any direction.
Safety Goggles with Hooded Ventilation: Form a tight seal around eyes to protect from dust, sparks, vapours, splashes and flying particles.
Welding Helmets and Hand-Held Shields: Protect the eyes, face, ears and neck from radiation, sparks and molten metal.