Safety Eyewear Myth #1 – Prescription eyewear will work for my safety eyewear.
Your ordinary prescription eyeglasses, even if you add removable side shields, do not provide the level of protection necessary to protect against workplace hazards. To be considered safety compliant, prescription eyewear must meet OSHA standards for high impact protection. Prescription eyewear that meets this requirement is marked with the manufacturer’s trademark and “Z87-2” on the upper/outer corner of the lens. Wearing ordinary prescription street eyewear in the workplace could result in a severe eye injury or even permanent vision loss.
Safety Eyewear Myth #2 – Safety eyewear protects my eyes from all safety hazards.
While safety glasses do an excellent job protecting eyes from everyday impact hazards, they cannot protect from ALL safety hazards. For example, safety glasses cannot adequately protect where liquid splash is a potential risk; therefore, goggles should be worn instead. Keep in mind; safety glasses cannot protect you from EVERY impact either. A projectile with enough velocity or mass could penetrate your safety glasses and cause eye damage. Individuals may need to use a face shield where ultra high-speed or high-mass impacts could occur, such as when using an angle grinder or similar power tools. To determine the best personal protective equipment for your job’s situation, perform a thorough PPE Assessment as recommended by OSHA.