Workers exposed to hazards such as flying objects and particles, fumes, vapours and mists, biological hazards, splashing liquids, molten metal and various types of radiation may be at risk of serious face or eye injuries. Eye and face injuries can be prevented by:
- eliminating or controlling the hazard at its source through the use of engineering and administrative controls
- using approved personal protective equipment (PPE).
There are many types of safety eye wear. A risk assessment must be performed to determine hazards that are present before choosing the appropriate safety eye wear. Safety eye wear is critical to protecting the eyes when other control measures are not an option and/or as another precaution.
Part 6.13 of the Manitoba Safety and Health Act and Regulations
states that an employer must provide a worker an eye or face protector that meets the requirements of CAN/CSA-Z94.3, Eye and Face Protectors and CSA Standard Z94.3.1, Protective Eyewear Guideline for selection, use, and care of eye and face protectors.:
- flying objects or particles
- splashing liquids or molten metal
- ultraviolet, visible or infrared radiation
- any other material, substance or matter.
It's very important to note that prescription lenses or prescription eyewear are not considered eye protectors under this section, unless they comply with the CSA standard and protect the worker from the hazards that are present.
Check out our Shop Talk, safe work procedure and tip card on eye and face protection. (Below the FAQs are more resources related to eye and face protection.)