Rules For Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) In the Workplace – Eye and Face Protection

Employers are responsible for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees following regulations.

PPE is defined as "any device that is intended to be worn or stored by a person in the workplace and which protects him from one or more health or safety risks", eg Gloves, hard hats, eye protection, visible clothing, and safety shoes. You can read this article as it deals specifically with PPE and eye and face protection.

There are three alternative types of eye and face protection:

Safety glasses – Can look like separate glasses in a frame (similar to glasses) or can be worn over regular glasses (eye protection). They are suitable for workshops or laboratories to protect from light chemical splashes.

Glasses – They have a flexible plastic frame with an elastic headband. They provide full eye protection and the edges are flush with the face. Some goggles are ventilated but are not recommended when hazardous chemicals are sprayed or protected from gases and particulate matter. Vented lenses are an alternative, but they tend to be blurry.

Face shields – they have large lenses with replaceable frames and straps for the head or attach to a helmet. They protect the entire face as well as the eyes, although they do not completely close the eyes. Because of this, they don't offer any protection against dust and gas.

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