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Eye Injuries

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Eye Injuries

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According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, over 700 Canadian workers per day sustain eye injuries on the job, resulting in lost time and/or temporary or permanent vision loss.

700 Every Day

If that seems like a lot that’s because IT IS HIG"H. That doesn’t make it less true.

Why are so many people being injured in what seems like the easiest injury to prevent simply by wearing eye protection?

 

"They get pretty hot especially when wearing goggle or face shields"

 

It can be incredibly uncomfortable to wear eye protection when working in extreme heat whether you are outside in the sun or working on electric or insulation work in a hot attic. But the discomfort is not worth losing your vision.

Be sure to take regular breaks if this is a cause for you to not wear proper PPE.

 

"They don't fit over my corrective lenses"

Consider buying or requesting prescription lens safety glass frames. These eliminate the need to fit safety glasses over your prescription lenses.

There are also safety glasses designed to fit over your glasses which are a good option.

Regular prescription glasses DO NOT count as safety glasses.

 

Types of Eye Protection

  • Non-prescription and prescription safety glasses

  • Goggles

  • Face shields

  • Welding helmets

  • Full-face respirators

Types of goggles:

DIRECT VENTED GOGGLES allow the direct flow of air into the goggle.

USES: Dry work or work not dealing with vapour or liquid.

INDIRECT VENTED GOOGLES provide protection from splash entry. The vent is covered or designed so that direct entry of liquid and vapour is not allowed from the outside to the inside by cover.

USES: When liquid or chemical splash is a hazard

NON-VENTED GOGGLES have no vents and offer protection against the passage of dust, mist, liquid and vapors.

USES: When hazards include chemical vapor* or harmful dust.
 

You can view the SCC’s standards for eye protection here

 

LENS MATERIAL

Considerations should be taken for lens material

Glass:

PRO

  • Scratch resistant

CON

  • Can be heavy and uncomfortable

  • Fog easily

Plastic:

PRO

  • Lighter than glass

  • Less likely to fog

CON

  • Not as scratch resistant

Polycarbonate:

PRO

  • Lightweight

  • Not likely to fog

  • Stronger than glass or plastic

  • More impact resistant

CON

  • Not as scratch resistant

 

HOW SHOULD THEY FIT?

Think about the following:

  • eye size

  • bridge size

    • frame should be as close to the face as possible with adequate support on the bridge of the nose   

  • temple length

    • temples should fit comfortably over the ears

  • choose based on colour of lens and comfort

  • glasses/goggles should fit close to the face to minimize gaps

  • find a style that is comfortable to wear

You want them to provide the proper protection but comfort is an important part of their function as to not distract from the task.

LENSES should also be chosen for outdoor work based on the strength of the sun

Severely sunburned eyes, known as photokeratitis, is a result of prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can cause a burning sensation and blurred vision. Realize that these damaging UV rays do not just come directly from the sun, but also from the reflection of these rays

UV protection may be less important than preventing debris and hazardous materials but it is a very real hazard. Especially if you are working in sunlight outdoors everyday.