March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month!
Tips for Eye Protection in the Workplace
These tips for eye protection in the workplace are meant as suggestions only. We strongly recommend you are always in compliance with your specific industry and company regulations, which may (very well) be stricter than what we are about to share. This being said, please always be sure to:
- Wear at least officially approved safety glasses with side-shields in any area with flying particles, objects or dust
- Wear at least full-coverage goggles in any area with chemicals
- Wear only special purpose safety googles, face shields and/or helmets when working in any area with hazardous radiation coming from welders, lasers and/or fiber optics
Protecting Your Eyes at Work
No matter what industry you are in, protecting your eyes at work is of the utmost importance for you, as well as everyone who relies on your vision to keep them safe. Although protecting your eyes at work is vitally important for everybody, if you are in the following industries, protecting your eyes at work can result in much less risk for your vision health on a daily basis:
- Auto repair
International Safety Equipment Association
For those who are unfamiliar, the International Safety Equipment Association has set standardized regulations for eye protection in the workplace. Specially:
“ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 prescribes the design, performance specifications, and marking of safety eye and face products, including millions of safety goggles, spectacles, faceshields, and welding helmets, worn by workers in thousands of manufacturing and processing facilities, university and research laboratories, and other occupational settings.”
The Z87 Committee on Safety Eye and Face Protection, which is administered by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), developed this protocol. It was then approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The safety eyewear conforming to this standard is widely used throughout the United States. Furthermore, this standard is incorporated into OSHA regulations for personal protective equipment.
Whether you feel like digging deeper into the statutes and regulations guiding eye protection in the workplace, please know that just because March is workplace eye wellness month doesn’t mean there are not organizations looking after your eye health and safety all year round!