Eye and Face Protection Checklist

Employers Must

  • 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.

Employees Must

  • 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.