- Use goggles that guard against splashing. This means they should have continuous shielding around all edges to prevent chemicals from entering from above, below and from either side. Open ended eyewear is not acceptable when working with chemicals.
- Be sure that the splash goggles are not stored with other eye protection. This will prevent an employee from choosing the wrong set of glasses.
- Regularly inspect the condition of the approved
eyewear. They are exposed to tough conditions daily and will most likely need
constant attention. It is a good idea to keep a log with the date checked and
also when they were last purchased. Also, be sure that damaged glasses are thrown
away immediately. The following are a few items to look for during the
- Test the elastic to be sure it has not stretched out to a point where the glasses no longer stay tight.
- Look for scratches on the lenses that make it uncomfortable to see out of.
- Be sure the plastic edges are not worn to a point where the liquid can leak into the glasses.
- Be sure the glasses are clean. Employees will not use equipment that appears dirty.
- Find a safe place to store eye protection close to the hazard where they are visible. If they are in a cabinet, be sure to use signage to identify where they are stored.
- The following are some tips on what to train all
employees regarding eyewear protection:
- Review hazards relating to all chemicals on the property
- Explain the various jobs associated with these chemicals, i.e. transfer, wall cleaning
- Review who can and who can’t work with chemicals
- Be sure to point out the most dangerous chemicals along with the potential risks
- Review where the eyewear protection will be stored
- Assign a least two individuals who will be responsible for the eyewear program
- Make it a disciplinary offense to be found working with chemicals without the proper eye protection. This needs to be a rule that is enforced to be sure that all employees are held accountable.
If your current safety manual does not include some of the items outlined in this blog, it is imperative that you begin the process necessary to add this topic. Hopefully, you have a staff available and my suggestion is to assign this to a committee with a specific completion date. Keep in mind that your insurance and chemical representatives can be a valuable resource when you establish your eyewear protection plan.
Keep your employees safe and start today!