The eye are one of the most important organs we have. They are literally how we see the world and the loss of our vision can have a massive impact on our lives. This is why it is so important to protect your eyes at work, especially if you work in a high-risk environment.
It is estimated that each year, 700 Canadians sustain eye injuries while on the job on nearly a daily basis, according to the CNIB.
There are a number of PPE you can wear to protect your eyes including safety glasses, goggles, face shields, welding helmets and full face respirators.
It is important that you always wear your protective eyewear, regardless of whether you feel it is needed or not. This is especially true when they are specifically designed for the task you are working on at that moment.
Even when you are not using your safety glasses, you should have them with you at all times in case you need them. If you are welding, or wearing a face shield, you should still be wearing your safety glasses as flying chips and dust can still get up under the face shield or welding helmet.
Ensure that the eye protection matches the task you are working on. Goggles may protect you from dust, but they can’t protect from chemical splashes or radiation for example.
Keep your lenses clean, and use a solution that repels dirt, rather than allows the dirt particles to scratch the lenses of the safety goggles.
Always make sure that the equipment fits your face and around your eyes properly.
Never tamper with the equipment, and always make sure you inspect the eye protection to ensure that it is going to protect you properly. Have spare goggles on hand in case yours are broken or compromised.
Lastly, choose eye protection that use polycarbonate lenses as polycarbonate is scratch resistant and impact resistant.