Eye and Face Protection


Sixty percent of workers who suffer eye injuries are not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers can protect employees by posting eye safety requirement signs in hazardous areas. Employers should also train workers to recognize eye hazards, use and maintain PPE, and provide first aid if a co-worker suffers an eye injury.

PPE protects against hazards such as: 

  • Flying particles

  • Molten metal splashes

  • Liquid chemicals

  • Acids or caustic liquids

  • Chemical gases or vapors

  • Harmful light radiation such as lasers, ultraviolet or infrared light

  • Blood and other potentially infectious body fluids that might splash, spray or splatter

Types of eye and face protectors: 

  • Safety glasses with side shields protect eyes from moderate impact from particles such as sand, dust, dirt, large chips and fragments (safety eyewear must have the ANSI Standard Z87.1 marking on the frame, and in some cases on the lens).

  • Chemical goggles protect the eyes from liquid chemicals.

  • Face shields protect against flying particles and chemical splashes. Face shields are secondary protectors that you should only wear over glasses or goggles.

  • Welding shields protect against infrared or radiant light burns, flying sparks, metal spatter and slag chips