Eye & Face Protection

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APPLICATION

When engineering and administrative controls are unable to remove the potential for eye and/or face injuries, suitable PPE must be worn. This assessment must also apply to passers-by and nearby workers.

RISK ASSESSMENT

When determining a need for eye protection, carry out a risk assessment of the task to ensure that the correct specification for eye protection is chosen. Never assume that the present choice is the right one.
Consider:

  • Prescription eyewear for workers with vision weaknesses.  Be aware of the risk of reader inserts in standard protective eyewear ie. the capacity to distort walking vision eg. on stairs.
  • Low, Medium, High and Extra High (Switching work) energy impact risks.
  • Chemical, microbiological, hot materials and cryogenic liquids (chin guard attachments are essential for splash risk).
  • LPG re-gassing is a cryogenic liquid eye injury risk.
  • Welding operations require careful risk assessment including protection for welder’s assistants.
  • Laser protection for Classes 3, 3A and 4 must comply with the laser manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Provision of emergency eyewash and first aid products.
  • Eye Protection Signs conforming to AS 1319:1994 - Safety signs for the occupational environment.

AS/NZS 1337.1:2010 lists four impact ratings. These are Low, Medium, High and Extra High. Impact protection situations are listed in that standard. Extra High Impact rating visors must be used for electrical maintenance.

Marking of eye protectors

In line with the proposed ISO standard, the following lens markings for Eye Protectors may apply:

Outdoor Use Untinted "O"
Low Impact "S" (optional)
Medium Impact "I" or "F"
High Impact "V" or "B"
Extra High Impact "A"
Splash Proof "C" or "3"
Molten Metal "M" or "9"
High Temperature "H"

 

SAFETY PRESCRIPTION EYE PROTECTION

Amendments to AS/NZS 1337.6 Prescription Eye Protectors against Low and Medium Impact, state that prescription eye protection must be compliant with a standards testing protocol in order to be worn in the workplace.  This standard now requires manufacturers of workplace prescription safety eyewear to be licensed.

useful references

AS/NZS 1336:2014  Eye and face protection guidelines.
AS/NZS 1337.6:2012  Personal eye protection - Prescription eye protectors against low and medium impact.
AS/NZS 1337.1:2010/Amdt 1:2012  Eye and face protection for occupational applications.
AS/NZS 1338.1:2012  Filters for eye protectors.

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Safety Tips

  • Spectacle arms can compromise hearing protection when ear muffs are worn.
  • Eye protection may be compromised by respiratory protection. Check the two together.
  • Grinding and cutting protection must include both a high impact face shield AND medium impact safety spectacles.
  • Do not allow workers on site with non-compliant eyewear eg. fashion sunglasses.
  • Ensure that a welding cover/chipping lens has a suitable impact rating. 
  • All workers should be trained in the correct use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

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