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Eyes and Personal Protective Equipment

Iyou are in Health and Safety oare a Buyer you may know from experience what works or what noworks for You! Nolwazi MSRM as a Health and Safety Specialist recognize this and appreciates this fully, however we do not just supply Personal Protective Equipment. And you might be surprised  at this fact! To obtain a Quote and to add Value to your company align yourself to Nolwazi MSRM (Pty) Ltd. Why not arrange a meeting with us and test our knowledge on Health and Safety. We are friendly, straightforward and to the Point. Ours is a business that exceeds at the discerning buyer or Health and Safety official that takes it serious when it comes to “Protecting Your People”. Call us now!

According to South Africa`s own Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, within the General Safety Regulations 3(A) PPE must be provided and it mentions only what must be provided it does not mention the type of protection! In other words there is a vacuum to guide us. Normally what happens it is up to the Health and Safety department of a company to assess and make the required recommendation towards the type of PPE that is required based upon Risk Analysis and feasibility studies. So where do we find best practice towards Personal Protective Equipment. Of course, we need to go to where the industrial age started. In the United States of America ! So who is the Fore front leader when it comes to Health and Safety information the Brit or the Americans ? Good Question but let us stay on the topic at hand with regards to Personal Protective Equipment.

To apply best practice towards Eye and Face protection we refer to the OHSA 1918.101


The employer shall ensure that:


Employers must ensure that each employee uses appropriate eye and/or face protection when the employee is exposed to an eye or face hazards, and that protective eye and face devices comply with any of the following consensus standards:


ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, incorporated by reference in § 1918.3;


ANSI Z87.1-2003, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, incorporated by reference in § 1918.3; or


ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998), Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, incorporated by reference in § 1918.3


Protective eye and face protection devices that the employer demonstrates are at least as effective as protective eye and face protection devices that are constructed in accordance with one of the above consensus standards will be deemed to be in compliance with the requirements of this section.


For an employee wearing corrective glasses, eye protection equipment required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be of the type that can be worn over glasses. Prescription-ground safety lenses may be substituted if they provide equivalent protection.


Eye protection shall be maintained in good condition.


Used eye protection shall be cleaned and disinfected before issuance to another employee.

In South Africa, We often we get to sites where there is a lack towards effective Personal Protective Equipment. The reason is self explanatory but definitely not the fault of the Health and Safety Official. South African companies should be aware that Chinese Copies of PPE not only is substandard but also rejected and that use of it does indeed endanger workers.  The morale dilemma here is. That some contractors does take chances towards  the effective protection of their workers. And it is definitely not a situation of “But I did not know” Often some employers take to the short cut with regards to issuing proper personal protective equipment. And it does amaze us that companies situated around Cities take this very lightly and rather in an arrogant manner. There is absolutely no excuse to ensure that effective proper personal protective equipment is issued towards employees. If you really require assistance do not take an immoral decision! Rather call MSRM to guide you in the right direction.

PPE – Eye and Face Protection Information


Eye and face protection shall be required where there is a reasonable probability that injury could be prevented by such protection. PPE shall be selected in accordance with reasonable practicable measures. If you are unsure you can contact us for more information.

Best practice guidelines for Eye and Face Protection Use

The minimum types of PPE necessary for physical and chemical hazards are listed below:

  1. Safety glasses, as a minimum, are required where there is a potential of eyes being struck by projectile objects. Side shields are required if there is a hazard from flying objects from the side.
  2. Direct vented goggles (those with perforated holes on the sides) are an acceptable substitute for safety glasses with side shields.
  3. Chemical splash goggles (those with indirect ventilation on sides) are required where protection is needed against chemical splashes or sprays. These may also be used where impact protection is required.
  4. Face shields are required where facial skin protection is needed. They can only be used in conjunction with eye protection. The face shield is not a substitute for the safety glasses or goggles.
  5. Shaded eye/face protection is required for radiant energy sources from arc and gas welding, soldering and brazing, laser, ultraviolet, and infrared.

How to avoid Exposure to bloodborne pathogens

The IOSH Bloodborne Pathogens Standard defines potential contamination as including generation of splashes, spray, splatter or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials called OPIM. Eye and face protection must be worn when potential exists for contamination of mucous membranes. Since the goal is to provide protection of the eyes, nose and mouth, protection may consist of one of two choices: 1) eye protection (that includes side shields) and a face mask, or 2) a chin length face shield only.

Why is Eye and Face Protection Design Standards important

Know the type of Personal Protective Equipment that you would like to employ on site and the reason thereof including its limitations. Users should contact MSRM for selection assistance.

What are Eye and Face Protection Limitations

When lenses become severely scratched or pitted they should be replaced.  Frames and elastic bands should be replaced when they become worn or broken. Eye and face protection should be selected based on the hazard present as stated above. If unsure contact MSRM with regards to your query we do operate on a national Basis.

Why is it crucial and important to wear safety glasses at Work!

Foreign objects or chemicals in the eye and cuts or scrapes on the cornea are common eye injuries that occur at work. Other common eye injuries come from splashes with oil and grease, steam burns, ultraviolet exposure to welding or infrared radiation exposure, and flying metal chips or wood chips.

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