These are staggering figures that drive home the importance of protecting the eyes of workers both through engineering controls and via personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses; goggles; hybrid eye safety products, which combine the comfort of glasses with the side protection of goggles; face shields; full-face respirators; and welding helmets.
Because different hazards require different types of protection, it is advised to evaluate the following before selecting the appropriate eye protection:
- The nature and extent of the hazard, including regulatory requirements when applicable.
- The circumstances of exposure.
- Other protective equipment used.
- Personal vision needs.
Eye protection should be integrated with other PPE to achieve head-to-toe protection. It also should be fit to the individual worker or be adjustable so it can provide sufficient coverage. Protective eyewear also should be comfortable and allow for sufficient peripheral vision.