Eye and Face Protection Checklist
- Assess workplace to identify hazards to eyes and face.
- Provide sanitary, reliable, undamaged eye and face PPE that protects against identified hazards and meets ANSI standards.
- Inform employees about available PPE and ensure that each individual is fitted properly.
- Train employees to know:
- When to use eye and face protection.
- What PPE to use when—and its limitations.
- How to put on, adjust, use, and remove eye and face PPE.
- Use assigned eye and face protection.
- Inspect, care for, and dispose of eye and face protection properly.
Be Aware of the Common Causes of Eye Injuries
- Flying objects from woodworking, cutting, machining, grinding, riveting, spot welding, hand tools
- Splashes from hazardous chemicals, acids, corrosives, hot metal
- Dust from woodworking, buffing, unclean work areas
- Fumes, mists, gases, and vapors
- Swinging objects (ropes and chains)
- Electrical arcing and sparks
- Radiant energy from welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, ultraviolet or infrared light
To Prevent Eye and Face Injuries
- Identify potential hazards and select proper PPE before starting a job.
- Use eye protection with side shields to keep out flying objects.
- Use face shields plus goggles or spectacles for serious hazards.
- Use goggles and face shields with proper filtered lenses to keep out harmful light or radiation.
- Never use metal-framed eyewear around electricity.
- If you wear corrective lenses, use protective eyewear that matches your prescription or fits over prescription glasses.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses in areas with dust.
Select Eye and Face Protectors That
- Provide best protection against identified hazards.
- Are reasonably comfortable.
- Fit snugly enough to keep out hazards.
Before Using Eye and Face Protectors
- Inspect for damage:
- Knotted, twisted, worn, or stretched goggle straps.
- Pitted or scratched lenses or face shield windows.
- Dispose of and replace damaged PPE.
- Practice performing tasks while wearing PPE and make any needed adjustments or replacements.
After Removing Eye and Face Protectors
- Inspect for damage.
- Clean lenses with water plus soap or mild detergent.
- Disinfect if contaminated by chemicals or if used by others.
- Store in proper place in closed containers.
Follow Work Procedures that Prevent Eye and Face Injuries
- Follow SDS precautions when working with chemicals.
- Don’t open a container just to see what’s inside.
- Keep shields around all potential flying objects.
- Try to contain as many processes as possible.
- Be sure other workers in area are protected before starting jobs that could create eye or face hazards.
Get Medical Attention for Eye and Face Injuries and Know First Aid
- Chemical splash in eye: Go immediately to emergency eyewash area and flush eye with water for at least 15 minutes. Be sure to get water under eyelids.
- Chemical splash on face: Check SDS for water reactivity. If safe, rinse with running water for at least 15 minutes.
- Something in the eye: If it doesn’t blink out, don’t rub it. Keep eye closed and covered and get immediate medical attention.
- Blow to the eye: See a doctor.