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The Eyes Have It: Hazard Recognition Exercise Pictures

In the United States it is estimated that approximately 2000 workers get something in their eye and have to get help to remove it.  Safety Topics found that of those injured about 100 lead to at least one lost day of work, not to mention the hours of discomfort.  What can we do to prevent eye injury?

First we must recognize, evaluate, and control the hazard.  For those who like compliance, there is a rule.  Eye protection is required by OSHA under CFR 1910.133:


The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.


The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects. Detachable side protectors (e.g. clip-on or slide-on side shields) meeting the pertinent requirements of this section are acceptable.

I believe the issue for many people is “when and what” to wear for protection.

In the following photos you can see that the worker is not prepared to prevent injury from the hazards created when using a handheld grinder.  So what would you recommend for this worker in the way of PPE?













Be Safe!

Carl Potter

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