The thought of an eye injury provokes a visceral reaction in most people. Our soft, sensitive windows to the world are vulnerable to a variety of hazards from gases in the air to particles of debris. Understanding the types of hazards in the workplace will help you select the right type of eye protection to meet OSHA requirements.
OSHA standard 1926.102 lays out eye protection general requirements. This standard states that employers should ensure employees use eye protection when exposed to hazards from:
Part 1926.102(a)(5) of the OSHA standard outlines the basic requirements for eye protection. These minimums include:
Additionally, employers should ensure employees who wear prescription lenses can wear eye protection that incorporates their prescription or can be worn over their glasses.
Part 1926.102(b) of the standard specifies that eye and face protection should comply with a variety of consensus standards, including:
The type of eye protection an employee needs is determined by the type of work they perform and the hazards they may encounter. The protection should be comfortable and allow for unimpeded peripheral vision. Types of protectors include:
We can help you assess the hazards in your workspaces and identify the right type of eye protection. Contact us today!