Peace, Love & Face Shields
Eye and face protection is extremely important but often taken for granted. Workers should always wear protection for their eyes and when needed, also for their face, to avoid a potentially permanent injury.
Hazards where face protection, in addition to safety glasses, are found when doing tasks like:
- Using a chop saw to cut concrete or rebar
- Operating a chainsaw
- Pouring, washing, or spraying chemicals or materials
- Grinding with hand held or heavy duty table grinder
Employees should never risk danger to their face and eyes even for just a few minutes of welding, cutting, or grinding. The damage can happen quickly and be permanent! Workers should always wear face and eye protection that is designed for safety protection and rated as required by OSHA regulations.
When Face Shields are the topic of the safety meeting, make sure the following points are covered with the team members at the meeting:
- Safety glasses aren't always enough - sometimes you need both the safety glasses to protect your eyes AND a face shield to protect your face.
- Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the specific face shield.
- Use the type of face shield suited for the specific task.
- Mesh face shields are great for cutting tasks where large particles could strike your face.
- Clear plastic/acrylic shields are better for tasks where small particles, splattering, or sparks could strike the face.
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