Departments are responsible for buying required personal protective equipment for employees as it relates to eye and face protection. Departments should consider purchasing prescription safety glasses, see OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection website. Employees are responsible for the costs of eye examinations.

Eye and Face Hazards

Listed below are some hazards that employees may be exposed to when protecting the eyes and face.

Safety Goggle
What Does Mean?

Safety goggles are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is worn on the eye for its protection. Essentially, goggles are safety glasses that fit tightly to the eye, often with suction, and are secured with a strap that goes around the back of the head. Goggles may be used to protect the eye against particles, chemicals, water, glare and from things striking the eyes.

There are different types of goggles that are designed to give protection in specific types of work. For example, there are specialized blowtorch goggles, laboratory goggles and goggles designed to be worn while using power tools.

Why do you need Safety Glasses?

It is very important to wear eye protection at the worksite. This will protect your eyes from any small particles that could get in them and cause damage like dust or debris, as well as dangerous chemicals if you are working with those materials.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 800,000 eye injuries occur in workplaces each year. These may be attributed to such factors as improper eyeglasses fit or quality and improperly worn safety glasses by employees.

Eye protection is an integral part of a safe workplace environment because it helps prevent injury that can potentially lead to blindness

Requirements & Standards of safety glasses:


Frame shall be comfortable to wear and not too heavy so you don’t lose. In addition, they should seal firmly around your face without being irritating or causing any skin irritation as well as meeting ANSI Z87-2003 standards for what makes an acceptable pair of eyewear in terms of design! Safety Goggle


Safety glasses should be made of polycarbonate. They need to have a lens that is 3mm thick, scratch-resistant, and fog-free with side shields. The lenses of safety glasses must be resistant to high impact, chemicals, fog-free, sparks and dust. The lens should also protect against UV radiation. Furthermore, the minimum requirements reference BS EN 170-2003 or equivalent ANSI Z87.1-2003 level of protection for your eyesight.

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