Different Types of Protective Eyewear

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If you work on a construction site, an auto repair shop, chemical plant, or other hazardous work environments, you’d know that it’s standard protocol to wear eye protection. This is because such working conditions present high risks for eye injuries.

Among many hazardous activities that result in eye injuries, the most common are due to flying small particles and dust, wood chips and sawdust, irritation from chemicals, and sparks from welding. To prevent this from happening, you should wear a safety glass, goggles, or face shield.

Safety Glasses

The most common protective eyewear is safety glasses which is applicable to most of the general working conditions that do not require specialized eye protection. Plus, it has side shields that can provide additional protection from dust and other flying particles.

They are worn like regular eyeglasses but the lens and frame are made are made from a much stronger material. Safety glasses made of polycarbonate provide the highest level of industrial eye protection.

Safety Goggles

If you work in an environment that requires eye protection from flying objects and splashes of chemicals that might come from any direction, it is better to wear safety goggles. Specially-designed goggles made of hard-coated polycarbonate can protect your eyes from accidental impact, bigger chunks of wood, and even chemical fumes. Plus, you can wear goggles even if you are wearing prescription eyeglasses.

Face Shields

For a more hazardous working environment which requires extra protection aside from wearing safety eyeglasses or goggles, you can use a full face shield or a helmet. This type of eye and face protection is usually seen worn by welders or other workers that deal with molten materials.

Even with the use of these eye protection gear, accidents may still happen. That is why following all the safety measures and taking extra precautions are the foremost protection you must have while working in a hazardous environment.

About Eleanor Sharp
Eleanor Sharp is the author of AGSE Law. As a paralegal, she has worked with attorneys in many fields to ensure their clients get the best advice and representation. She is passionate about helping people understand the complexities of the legal system so they can make better decisions for themselves. Eleanor loves reading, travel, and spending time with her family. She hopes her articles will help others navigate life’s legal intricacies with confidence.