Eye & Face: Protection from Multiple Hazards
This PPE is designed to protect the worker from such hazards as:
- flying objects and particles
- molten metals
- splashing liquids
- ultraviolet, infrared and visible radiation (welding).
This PPE has two types. The first type, "basic eye protection", includes:
- Eyecup goggles
- Monoframe goggles and spectacles with or without side shields
The second type, "face protection," includes:
- Metal mesh face shields for radiant heat or hot and humid conditions
- Chemical and impact resistant (plastic) face shields
- Welders shields or helmets with specified cover
- Filter plates and lens
Hardened glass prescription lens and sport glasses are not an acceptable substitute for proper, required Industrial safety eye protection. Comfort and fit are very important in the selection of safety eyewear. Lens coatings, venting or fittings may be needed to prevent fogging or to fit with regular prescription eyeglasses. Contact lens should NOT be worn at the work-site. Contact lens may trap or absorb particles or gases causing eye irritation or blindness. Hard contact lens may break into the eye when hit. Basic eye protection should be worn with face shields. Face shields alone often aren't enough to fully protect the eyes from work hazards. When eye and face protection is required, advice from the OH&S office, Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or your supplier, will help in your selection.
For more information, look at: Alberta's O. H. & S. Act, Regulation & Code and CSA Standard "Industrial Eye and Face Protectors" 294.3 - M1982.
Eye Protection For Welders
Welders and welders' helpers should also wear the prescribed equipment. Anyone else working in the area should also wear eye protection where there is a chance they could be exposed to a flash.