The next time you think that you don’t need safety glasses or safety goggles on the job, just imagine going through life blind. Better yet, try searching for “eye trauma” on YouTube so that you know what you have to look forward to.
The U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires you to wear eye protection whenever your work operations – including grinding, cutting, nailing, and welding – generate foreign objects that can get in your eyes. You also have to wear safety goggles, safety glasses, or other eye protection whenever you work with concrete or are exposed to flying objects and particles, molten metal, liquid or harmful chemicals, acids, caustic liquids, chemical gasses and vapors, potentially harmful light radiation, lasers, electrical hazards like energized electrical systems, and similar hazards.
According to OSHA, your employer must provide you with safety goggles, safety glasses, or other eye protection if “work practice and engineering controls” – that is, changes to your tools, work environment, and/or job – don’t eliminate the risk of eye injuries. This protection has to be appropriate for the hazards to which you’ll be exposed, and your employer must train you in its use.
You can’t use prescription eyeglasses instead of safety glasses or safety goggles for eye protection, according to OSHA. However, you can use prescription safety glasses or safety goggles or wear safety goggles over your prescription lenses.
Face shields provide some protection for your eyes, but don’t have sufficient impact protection. If you need impact protection for your eyes, OSHA requires you to wear safety glasses or safety goggles with your face shield.
Desert Diamond Industries carries a large selection of safety glasses and safety goggles, as well as other safety equipment.
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“Worker Safety Series – Construction.” Worker Safety Series – Construction. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3252/3252.html>.