Eye & Face Protection
Safety goggles protect the eyes, eye sockets, and the facial area immediately surrounding the eyes from a variety of chemical hazards. Goggles form a protective seal around the eyes, preventing objects or liquids from entering under or around the goggles. This is especially important when working with or around liquids that may splash, spray, or mist.
Safety goggles may incorporate prescription lenses mounted behind protective lenses for individuals requiring vision correction. Take time to consider specific lens, frame, and ventilation options when selecting safety goggles.
Heat-reflective and wire-screen face shields are intended to shield the entire face from a range of heat hazards. Specific hazards associated with heat include high temperatures, splash from molten metal, and hot sparks. Face shields are considered secondary protectors to be used in addition to primary protection such as safety spectacles or goggles.
Face shield windows are made with different transparent materials and in varying degrees or levels of thickness. The thickness of the face shield window should be matched to the task. Window and headgear devices come in various styles in order to enable the worker to select the appropriate equipment.
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Eye protection is mandatory in all areas with potential for eye injury. This applies not only to persons who work continuously in these areas, but also to persons who may be in the area only temporarily, such as maintenance or administrative personnel. All eye protective equipment must comply with the requirements set forth in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard "Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection," Z87.1-2010. Note that compliant eyewear will be labeled with "Z87" on the frame.
Although safety glasses provide adequate eye protection for many laboratory operations, they are not sufficient for operations with substantial danger from chemical splashes or dense particulate environments. Examples include: washing glassware in chromic acid solution, grinding materials, or laboratory operations using glassware where there is significant hazard of explosion or breakage (i.e., in reduced or excess pressure or temperature). The PPE office carries standard splash goggles, including those designed to fit comfortably over prescription glasses.
Some laboratory operations require specifically designed eye protection. Working with lasers or intense visible light are possible situations requiring specialty eyewear. Laser eyewear should be selected to protect against the specific wavelength of light generated and with a sufficient Optical Density (OD) for the given laser power. More information regarding laser safety can be found on the Research Safety - Laser Safety page. For intense non-laser light, lens tinting options are available to restrict visible light transmission or preferentially filter certain wavelengths.
Prescription Safety Glasses
Standard prescription glasses are not rated for impacts and do not provide sufficient ocular coverage, as such they are not adequate for the laboratory. If OTG safety eyewear does not fit, or causes other functional issues, prescription safety glasses can be used.Prescription safety glasses come in a variety of designs, only a portion of which are appropriate for the laboratory environment. Lab safety glasses must provide side protection for angular incursions and should minimize open space between the face and eyewear.
Face shields are required when there is need for protection of the entire face and throat. Examples include: using/mixing strong caustics or acids, or reactions with potential for explosion.