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Environmental Health and Safety - Eye Protection

Eye Protection

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics more than 800,000 on-the-job eye injuries are reported every year.  The Department of Labor estimates that between lost production time, medical expenses, and workers' compensation, eye injuries cost more than $300 million annually.  Your eyes and face need protection from a variety of workplace hazards on WKU's campus. 

Examples include:

  • Flying objects such as wood, metal, and plastic
  • Splashes from chemicals
  • Swinging objects like ropes and chains
  • Electrical arcs and sparks 
  • Dust, fumes, mists, vapors, and gases
  • Radiant energy from welding, cutting, and UV light

Always choose the eyewear that protects against the greatest possible hazard.  If the hazard is unknown, choose the highest level of adequate protection. 

  • Safety glasses (with side protection for flying objects)
  • Safety goggles for chemical splashes
  • Face shield worn over safety glasses/goggles for any serious eye hazard
  • Special lenses to filter out harmful light such as UV, infrared, or radiation

Protective eyewear should fit properly.  Safety glasses should fit like any other pair of glasses.  Googles should fit with the bridge on your nose and the center of the lens in front of your eye.  Adjust the straps and place them low on the back of the head for a good fit.  Inspect and maintain eye and face protection issued to you to prevent damage to the eyes.  Check daily to assure it is in good condition.  Maintain eyewear by cleaning with soap or mild detergent and storing in a closed container to protect from dust, moisture, and damage.  

For additional information or assistance, please contact Environmental Health and Safety (270) 745-2395.  


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 Last Modified 5/17/16