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Protect That Face!

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National Facial Protection Month really started as a way to raise public awareness and remind parents, caregivers, coaches and athletes to wear certain safety products to protect their mouth and face while playing sports.  But it’s also a great reminder for workplace safety as eye and face injuries are very common in a variety of workplaces. Eye and face injuries are commonly caused by flying or falling objects, and different types of hazards require different types of protection. In other words, not all personal protective equipment (PPE) is appropriate for every situation!

When thinking about the most appropriate eye and face protection equipment for certain situations, one should answer these basic questions:

  • Does this equipment protect against specific workplace hazards?
  • Does it fit properly and is it reasonably comfortable to wear?
  • Does it provide unrestricted vision and movement?
  • Is it durable and cleanable?
  • Does it allow unrestricted functioning of any other required PPE?

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide eye and face protection whenever workers are exposed to related hazards. It addresses these requirements in several standards, including General Industry (29 CFR 1910) Construction Industry (20 CFR 1926), Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915) and Longshoring (29 CFR 1918).

It is estimated that most facial and eye injuries could be prevented or made less severe with the right protection and safety processes in place. Workplace Safety & Health is here to help you protect your most valuable asset – your employees. Contact us at 317-253-9737 for a PPE assessment at your workplace.

Mr. Griffith has a received his bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and president of Workplace Safety & Health Company. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene, safety, loss control and consulting experience. Chemical monitoring, noise measurement, program development and management, risk assessment and computer management of health and safety data are areas of particular strength. Mr. Griffith is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at the local and national level. He is also active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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