Proper Safety Goggle Use

Safety Goggles come in all shapes and sizes. But the are not all equal. Different Eye-wear is required for different jobs. Whether you are working with chemicals, flame or toxic gasses, you must wear the appropriate eye-wear for the job. Ultimately, it is your employer’s job to identify the correct safety glasses for the job.

OSHA Requirements

Typical Safety Goggles

Typical Safety Goggles

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) is the standard-setter for work place safety in the United States. OSHA has adopted the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines as the standard for eye safety wear in the work place.

ANSI differentiates between the types of glasses and when they should be used. For example, goggles are classified as “high impact” and “basic.” The “drop ball” test determines if goggles are “high impact” or not. A one-inch diameter steel ball is dropped on them to see if they can withstand the force of a potential projectile striking them.

Lens Markings

Safety goggle and mask lenses may be marked with several markings. A “+” mark indicates that the lens passed the “high impact” test. A “V” indicates that the lens is photochromatic–darkens in the sun light and lightens when indoors. “S” indicates that the lens has some sort of special tint. These markings are often found on the bottom right corner as you are looking at the front of the goggles.

Your employer has a duty to determine which type of glasses are required for your particular job and make sure that they are used properly. Failure to do this can result in injuries caused by:

  • safety glass failure or shattering
  • failure to protect the eyes from a dangerous chemical exposure
  • failure to prevent fire or heat from getting to one’s eyes
  • failure to prevent excessive or dangerous bright light flashes from causing an eye injury

Your employer owes it to you to provide you a safe work place with the proper safety equipment. If you feel like you were injured as a result of your employer failing to provide the proper safety goggles or welding mask, please call us immediately for a free consultation.