Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Purpose

The purpose of this document is to provide general guidelines to all Yukon government employees on PPE - "Eye and Face Protection."

For detailed information regarding "PPE - eye and face protection," please review Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (YOHSR), Part 1:  General, Section 1.22 - 1.24.

General Information

Eye or face protection must be worn when there is a chance of an object, particle, sliver, piece of metal, gaseous material, caustic or acid, or other harmful substance striking your face or eyes. There are many types of protection, just as there are many types of hazards. Safety eyewear can be found in the form of glasses, goggles or face shields.

To be CSA-approved, eye protection must offer side protection and cover the whole temple area. Markings indicating safety approval are usually found on the frame inside the temple near the hinges of the glasses. The lenses must be either plastic or polycarbonate, both of which are lightweight, but scratch easily. Plastic lenses have poor resistance to impact by sharp or pointed objects and are significantly weakened by scratches or chipped edges. They should therefore be disposed of and replaced immediately if significantly scratched. Polycarbonate lenses offer good UV protection and are more impact resistant, even if badly scratched.

Hardened glass prescription lens and sun and sport glasses are not an acceptable substitute for proper, required industrial safety eye protection. Safety eyewear should always be worn on top of prescription lenses.

How do I select the proper safety glasses and face protection?

To select the proper protectors follow the recommendations in the table below.

 Selection of Eye and Face Protection

Note: This table cannot cover all possible hazards and combinations that may occur. Examine each situation carefully and select the appropriate protector or combination of protectors.
*indicates recommended protection

 

 

 

    
      

A

B

A

B

C

 

 

A

B

C

D

A

B

C

Flying Objects

Chipping, drilling, scaling, grinding, polishing, buffing, riveting, punching, shearing, hammer mills, crushing, heavy sawing, planning, wire and strip handling, hammering, unpacking, nailing, punch press, lathework, etc.

*

 

*

*

 

 

 

*

 *

 

 

*

 

 

Flying particles, dust, wind, etc.

Woodworking, sanding, light metal working and machining, exposure to dust and wind, resistance welding (no radiation exposure), sand, cement, aggregate handling, painting, concrete work, plastering, material batching and mixing

*

 

*

*

 

 

 

*

 * 

 

 

*

 

 

Heat, sparks and splash from molten materials

Babbiting, casting, pouring molten metal, brazing, soldering, spot welding, stud welding, hot dipping operations

 

*

 

 

*

 

 

 

  

*

 *

 

 *

Acid splash, chemical burns

Acid and alkali handling, degreasing, pickling and plating operations, glass breakage, chemical spray, liquid bitumen handling

 

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

 *

 

 

 *

 

 

Abrasive blasting materials

Sand blasting, shot blasting, shotcreting

 

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glare, stray light (for reduction of visible radiation)

Reflecting, bright sun and lights, reflected welding flash, photographic copying

*

 

*

*

 

 

 

*

 

 

*

 

 

Injurious optical radiation (moderate reduction of optical radiation)

Torch cutting, welding, brazing, furnace work, metal pouring, spot welding, photographic copying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injurious optical radiation (large reduction of optical radiation)

Electric arc welding, heavy gas cutting, plasma spraying and cutting, inert gas shielded arc welding, atomic hydrogen welding

 

 

 

 

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: "Z94.3.1-09 Selection, use and care of protective eyewear" by Canadian Standards Association, 2009.


DO

  • Ensure eye protection is CSA-approved.
  • Ensure your eye protection fits properly and that your vision is not impeded or distorted (close to the face). Comfort and fit are very important in the selection of safety eye wear.
  • Lens coatings, venting or fittings may be needed to prevent fogging.
  • Clean safety glasses regularly. Rinse them first with water to remove any large particles, then clean with soap and water and dry with a clean soft cloth.
  • Store safety glasses in a safe, clean, dry place when not in use.
  • Dispose of and replace pitted, scratched, bent and poorly fitted PPE. Damaged eye protection interferes with vision and will not provide the protection it is designed to deliver.
  • If you wear contact lenses under your eye protection, always carry spare glasses and immediately remove contact lenses with washed hands if you feel any irritation from dust particles.


DO NOT

  • Modify eye protection.
  • Use eye protection that does not have a proper CSA certification.


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