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Eye Protection, Part 1: Beyond Basic Eye Safety

By Wanda Sanchez-Miller, Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions |

How to protect, preserve and enhance workers’ safety Safety eyewear (Figure 1) is among the most prevalent types of personal protective equipment (PPE) worn across the chemical process industries (CPI). It protects an individual’s most valuable sense — vision — through which we gain up to 85% of our total knowledge. Due to the eyes’ delicate construction and location, they are vulnerable to a wide array of hazards found in nearly every environment, from airborne particles and flying objects to chemicals and harmful radiation. Figure 1. Among all the different types of personal protection equipment used in the chemical process industries, safety eyewear is among the most prevalant[/caption] To help protect individuals’ eyes at work, national and employer-based safety standards are in place that require the use of safety eyewear based on the hazards present. Specifically, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA; Washington, D.C.; www.osha.gov) calls for employers to provide employees with proper eye protection wherever hazards to the eyes exist, and such eyewear must meet the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI; www.ansi.org) Z87.1-2015 standard for impact protection. Safety eyewear styles range…
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