Inspection and maintenance | Eye and Face Protection

It is essential that the lenses of eye protectors be kept clean. Continuous vision through dirty lenses can cause eye strain — often an excuse for not wearing the eye protectors. Daily inspection and cleaning of the eye protector with soap and hot water, or with a cleaning solution and tissue, is recommended.
Pitted lenses, like dirty lenses, can be a source of reduced vision and should be replaced. Deep scratches or excessively pitted lenses are apt to break more readily.
Slack, worn-out, sweat-soaked, or twisted headbands do not hold the eye protector in proper position. Visual inspection can determine when the headband elasticity is reduced to a point beyond proper function.
Goggles should be kept in a case when not in use. Spectacles, in particular, should be given the same care as one’s own glasses, since the frame, nose pads, and temples can be damaged by rough usage.
Personal protective equipment which has been previously used should be disinfected before being issued to another employee. Even when each employee is assigned protective equipment for extended periods, it is recommended that such equipment be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Several methods for disinfecting eye-protective equipment are acceptable. The most effective method is to disassemble the goggles or spectacles and thoroughly clean all parts with soap and warm water. Carefully rinse all traces of soap, and replace defective parts with new ones.
Swab thoroughly or completely immerse all parts for 10 minutes in a solution of germicidal deodorant fungicide. Remove parts from solution and suspend in a clean place for air drying at room temperature or with heated air. Do not rinse after removing parts from the solution because this will remove the germicidal residue which retains its effectiveness after drying.
The dry parts or items should be placed in a clean, dust-proof container, such as a box, bag, or plastic envelope, to protect them until reissue.
Eye and face protection selection chart 
Assessment of hazard
Impact — Chipping, grinding machining, masonry work, woodworking, sawing, drilling, chiseling, powered fastening, riveting, and sanding.
Flying fragments, objects, large chips, particles sand, dirt, etc
Spectacles with side protection, goggles, face shields. See notes [(1)][(3)][(5)][(6)][(10)]. For severe exposure, use faceshield.
Heat — Furnace operations, pouring, casting, hot dipping, and welding.
Hot sparks
Faceshields, goggles, spectacles with side protection. For severe exposure use faceshield. See notes [(1)][(2)][(3)].
Splash from molten metals
Faceshields worn over goggles. See notes [(1)][(2)][(3)].
High temperature exposure
Screen face shields, reflective face shields. See notes [(1)][(2)],[(3)].
Chemicals — Acid and chemicals handling, degreasing plating.
Goggles, eyecup and cover types. For severe exposure, use face shield. See notes [(3)][(11)].
Irritating mists
Special-purpose goggles.
Dust — Woodworking, buffing, general dusty conditions.
Nuisance dust
Goggles, eyecup and cover types. See note [(8)].
Light and/or radiation —
Welding: Electric arc
Optical radiation
Welding helmets or welding shields. Typical shades: 10–14. See notes [(9)][(12)].
Welding: Gas
Optical radiation
Welding goggles or welding faceshield. Typical shades: gas welding 4–8, cutting 3– 6, brazing 3–4. See note [(9)].
Cutting, torch brazing, torch soldering
Optical radiation
Spectacles or welding faceshield. Typical shades, 1.5–3. See notes [(3)][(9)].
Poor vision
Spectacles with shaded or special-purpose lenses, as suitable. See notes [(9)][(10)].
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