Eye Protection

Whether it’s dust, debris or chemicals, your eyes can be exposed to countless hazards in the workplace.


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Eyesight is one of our main senses and losing it doesn’t bear thinking about. Thousands of eye injuries occur every year, with one in five causing partial or complete blindness. Eye protection is a crucial first line of defence for one of the body’s most vulnerable organs. Helping you make the right decision about PPE eye protection is a role we take seriously.


What are the different types of PPE eye protection?

Safety glasses

Often separate lenses in a metal/plastic frame, similar in appearance to prescription glasses with a single lens/frame moulding and side shields. Spectacles incorporate corrective lenses, and over-glasses fit over prescription glasses.

Safety goggles

Safety goggles are secured with an elasticated strap that runs around the back of the head, They often have an inner seal to close the gap between the lens and face, providing protection from all angles, as the whole rim is in contact with the face.

Face shield protection

A face shield is a form of PPE that aims to protect the entire face, or part of it, from flying debris, objects, and chemical splashes. Face shields are a large lens with a frame and adjustable head harness or are mounted on a helmet.

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When should eye protection be worn?

There are many working environments that will require eye protection. Here are some of the most common scenarios:


The biggest risk to eyes when working with wood is dust. Sanding and grinding produce a very fine spray of wood particles. As a minimum, this would cause eye irritation, if not worse problems and damage. Full safety goggles are again the most suitable form of eye protection.


The main risk to eyes in a laboratory is chemicals. If a hazardous or corrosive substance has been spilt or splashed and gets in or near the eye, it could result in irreparable damage. The most suitable eye protection is full safety goggles with a protective seal and should be always worn.


There are multiple risks to eyes on a construction site, including smoke, dust, light exposure, and even electrical discharge. The most suitable eye protection that someone needs on a construction site will depend on the exact environment, but full safety goggles may well be needed.

Cold Weather

Keeping vision at its best as well as keeping the eyes protected is an important consideration when choosing eye protection. As goggles and glasses are more likely to suffer from misting and fogging in cold temperatures, it’s important to choose a product with an anti-mist lens coating.

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How do you wear eye protection correctly?

As with other forms of PPE, having the right eye protection is about more than just choosing the product. Before putting them on, make sure you thoroughly inspect your safety goggles or safety glasses. Look for dents, scratches, and cracks that could reduce the item’s protective capabilities.

As safety eyewear is often exposed for extended periods to harsh environments, flying debris, and other hazards, they will suffer from wear and tear and even decay over time. If you are ever unsure whether your eye protection is still suitable, replace the item promptly.


Can eye protection be worn over prescription glasses?

Your eyesight should never be lessened just so you can wear safety glasses, it would be equally dangerous. Prescription safety glasses can be expensive, so you should always try to wear your safety glasses over your normal glasses, which will protect both your eyes and the glasses’ lenses.

If you plan to wear safety glasses over your prescription ones, then make sure they are comfortable and secure. Do not compromise when choosing safety eyewear, and if possible, choose safety glasses that are specifically designed to fit comfortably over prescription eyewear.

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What are the safety standards for PPE eye protection?

Learn more about the main EN standards relating to the manufacturing and use of PPE eye protection by clicking on the links below...


How can I get the best advice on PPE eye protection?

From streamlined safety spectacles to large safety goggles designed to be worn with a face shield or respirator mask, we supply a range of eye protection PPE. This includes adjustable eye protection to suit a wide variety of face shapes and safety spectacles in a face “hugging” style to reduce slip risk.

We’re PPE and safety experts and can give you the best advice and guidance on which type of safety glasses, safety goggles, or face shields to use. We help you work safer and be better, so call us today on 01202 718000 or fill out our contact form below and we will be in touch.

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