Protective Eyewear Do’s and Don’ts

Your eyesight helps you navigate the world, plus adds to your quality of life. It’s important to protect it! While at work, you’re faced with potentially harmful objects and substances, such as shards of glass or metal, particles, chemicals or any combination of these items. If contact occurs with your eyes, it could lead to serious injuries or even blindness. So what can you do to keep your eyes safe at work? It helps to use the right protective eyewear.

Tips for eyewear safety at work

Just follow these industry tips to protect your eyesight now, and for years to come:

  • Use the proper eyewear protection. This is based on the type of work you’re doing or materials you’re handling. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for protective eyewear required to protect your eyes and face in every situation. Your supervisor or recruiter can help you determine which eyewear you need. It may be provided to you by your boss, or you may be required to purchase it on your own.
  • Never skip protective eyewear. This is a recipe for injury. While you’re working, always keep your eyewear on so you’re prepared for anything. You never know when a particle or shard could become airborne—either from your work or from those around you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
  • Keep your eyewear clean. As you work, your protective eyewear will get dirty—it’s inevitable! Clean yours off after your shift each day as per care instructions. Clean eyewear will help you keep a crystal clear focus on your work.
  • If you need new eyewear, let your supervisor know. In the event you forget your eyewear for your shift, or it gets lost or damaged, always let your supervisor know. Never attempt to work without eye protection. You may be able to borrow eyewear for your shift, or be assigned to a different task that doesn’t require protection.

Always be sure to wear the proper eyewear protection

Based on your job, it may be OSHA- or ANSI (American National Standards Institute)-approved. Your supervisor can help you choose the right eyewear. You can also check with your recruiter if you have questions or need help.

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