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Facts At Your Fingertips: Considerations for Selecting Protective Eyewear

By Scott Jenkins, Chemical Engineering magazine |

Selecting personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety eyewear, for the chemical process industries (CPI) depends on the hazards present in the facility where it is used. The following describes considerations for selecting eye and face protection based on the potential to injure the eyes or face. Some examples of eye and face hazards and typical sources are summarized in Table 1. Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)[/caption] In general, any eye and face protection should be comfortable to wear, sized correctly (if different sizes exist) and should not interfere with the employee’s work functions. Poor-fitting eyewear will not afford the necessary protection, may be uncomfortable to wear, and may not be used consistently and effectively. Impact hazards. Safety spectacles are intended to shield the wearer’s eyes from impact hazards, such as flying fragments, objects, large chips and particles. Whenever there is a hazard from flying objects, workers are required to use eye-safety spectacles with side shields. Non-sideshield spectacles are not acceptable for impact hazards. Safety goggles are also intended to shield the wearer’s eyes from impact hazards. By fitting the…
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