EYE & FACE PROTECTION
SAPP data collected during the first quarter of 2018 revealed PPE, specifically relating to eye and face protection, had the most at risk observations. Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. Please review the below information to help prevent incidents involving the eyes and face.
We must ensure that we take extra precaution to protect our eyes; and follow recommended practices. Ensure proper Eye and face protection are worn for task by following policy and procedure, and consulting SDS sheets for the proper level of PPE. A single eye injury can be a life altering event.
A common excuse for not wearing eye protection is that it is uncomfortable, but losing the sight of an eye or both eyes is a lot more uncomfortable. Some take the chance of not wearing eye protection because an activity involving eye hazards may last only a few moments and their exposure to injury will be short term. The odds get shorter with each such gamble until in one unguarded moment can lead to a serious eye injury. Keep in mind that your eye(s) cannot be replaced!
Whether you are exposed to flying or windborne particles, dust, fumes, vapors, chemicals, ultraviolet rays, or electrical arcs, each are apt to expose you to a potential eye injury. With proper planning, you can protect against these hazards by using appropriate eyewear and the hazards they can guard against are listed below.
Remember, protective eye and face devices purchased after July 5, 1994, must comply with ANSI Z87 + standards. The ANZI rating can be found on the inside if the arm of the safety glass.
These provide minimum protection and are for general working conditions where dust, chips, or flying particles may present a hazard. They are available in a clear, tinted, and mirror lenses and are impact-resistant. Their frames are far stronger than regular glasses and provide side protection in the form of shields or wraparound arms. Safety glasses can also be made with prescription lenses and equipped with side shields to offer additional protection. Keep in mind, regular prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are not acceptable types of protective eyewear as per company policy.
Goggles provide higher impact, dust, and acid or chemical protection than safety glasses. They also provide a secure shield around the entire eye area to protect against hazards coming from any direction. Molded goggles are suitable when workers are continually exposed to splash or fine dust, and should have indirect ventilation. For less fogging when working with large particles, goggles with direct ventilation are recommended.
Face shields protect the full face from injury and they offer the highest impact protection from spraying, grinding, and chemical hazards. A face shield is considered a secondary safeguard to protective eyewear and should never be worn without safety glasses or goggles. In order to get the maximum benefit from safety eyewear, your glasses need to fit properly and must be kept clean and when not in use stored in a place they will not be damaged. Proper care also includes inspecting safety eyewear for damaged frames or lenses before each use.
At Shamrock Energy Solutions, your personal safety is of the utmost importance so choose the right safety eyewear before engaging in any job task. Remember, it cannot protect you if you are not wearing it. If the proper eye or face protection is not available for the job task at hand, utilize Stop Work Authority!
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO STOP WORK THAT IS UNSAFE!