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Eye Injuries - Selecting Proper Eyewear

Julie Copeland

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Hi everyone, Welcome Back. 

On Monday we talked about how 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by selEye Injuries PPEecting appropriate eyewear.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that eyewear and training be provided to all employees who are required to use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in the workplace. 

Selecting the correct PPE can be daunting for busy employers and managers.  Before you can select appropriate eye protection, you must assess the workplace and identify the hazards that necessitate the use of eye protection.  OSHA dictates that employers should be aware of the possibility of multiple and simultaneous hazard exposures and be prepared to protect against the highest level of each hazard.

Hazard Assessment

Hazard type

Examples of Hazard

Common Related Tasks


Flying objects such as large chips, fragments, particles, sand, and dirt.

Chipping, grinding, machining, masonry work, wood working, sawing, drilling, chiseling, powered fastening, riveting, and sanding.


Anything emitting extreme heat.

Furnace operations, pouring, casting, hot dipping, and welding.


Splash, fumes, vapors, and irritating mists.

Acid and chemical handling, degreasing, plating, and working with blood.


Harmful Dust.

Woodworking, buffing, and general dusty conditions.

Optical Radiation

Radiant energy, glare, and intense light

Welding, torch-cutting, brazing, soldering, and laser work.

Selecting the proper eye protection will not only protect your employees from approximately 90% of eye injuries in the workplace, it will save you, the employer thousands of dollars in per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

Arbill’s mission is to ensure that every worker goes home safe at the end of every day.  We are here to help in any way. Visit Arbill.com for more information.  Be sure to subscribe to the Arbill Safety BLOG or visit us on Friday for information on how to recognize eye injuries.

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