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PPE Safety Glasses: Providing Eye Safety in the Workplace

PPE safety glasses are a critical piece of personal protection equipment
Do you need PPE Safety Glasses? Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.

Think PPE safety glasses are unnecessary? Dave worked a summer job at WNC Pallets in North Carolina, a large supplier of forest products. His job was cutting wood. He, and several other employees, worked the 24-inch saw blades in the shop. One day, the guy next to him let out a scream.

When Dave looked, he saw a 6 inch splinter of wood lodged in the guy’s head, just above his right eye.

The splinter flew from the saw blade and deflected off of his safety glasses before sticking into his skin. Had he not been wearing PPE safety glasses, the wood would have been driven completely through his right eye.

PPE safety glasses are a critical piece of personal protection equipment for people in many industries. Safety glasses for work and recreational activities protect the eyes from:

  • dust and dirt that blows from wind and other machinery
  • flying particles from cutting, drilling, digging, mixing, etc.
  • splashes from chemicals, solutions, or other liquids
  • tree branches
  • ultraviolet radiation from welding or electrical work
  • fibers from insulating materials
  • irritants and corrosive materials


According to Environment, Health, & Safety Today:

“Close to three out of five injured workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.”


Regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not suitable for protecting your eyes during working conditions. Protective eyewear is specifically designed with tempered glass or polycarbonate lenses which are impact resistant and stronger than ordinary lenses. The frames on PPE safety glasses are stronger than regular eyeglass frames. They are made to prevent the lenses from being pushed toward the eyes.


It is absolutely essential to have the proper safety glasses for the specific job to maximize safety. For more information, read the Canada Labour publication on protecting your eyes.


Taking Care of your PPE Safety Glasses

  • You should inspect your safety glasses daily and replace them if they are scratched, pitted, bent, broken or no longer fit. These factors will reduce the impact resistance of the safety glasses.
  • Frequently clean your safety glasses.
  • Safety glasses should be stored in a clean, dry place where they cannot fall and break.
  • Carry your safety glasses in a case marked with your name.


If your PPE safety glasses do not fit comfortably or obstruct your field of vision at all, you should find a different pair. Fit is critical in protecting the area around your eyes. At Jet Uniform and Supply, we carry a variety of PPE safety glasses, other PPE supplies, and protective clothing.

Contact JET Uniform & Supply today to find the right Personal Protective Equipment for your job.