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Selecting PPE for the Workplace Dust

Dust Hazards

Dust is present in the workplace during operations such as woodworking and buffing. Working in a dusty environment can causes eye injuries and presents additional hazards to contact lens wearers.

Either eyecup or cover-type safety goggles should be worn when dust is present. Safety goggles are the only effective type of eye protection from nuisance dust because they create a protective seal around the eyes.

Personal protective equipment devices for dust hazards:

  • Safety Goggles: Primary protectors intended to protect the eyes against a variety of airborne particles and harmful dust.

Safety Goggles

Goggle Protection

Goggle Protection

Safety goggles are intended to protect the eyes against dust hazards. Goggles form a protective seal around the eyes, preventing nuisance dust from entering under or around the goggles. Ventilation should be adequate, but well protected from dust entry.

Safety goggles may incorporate prescription lenses mounted behind protective lenses for individuals requiring vision correction. Take time to consider specific lens, frame, and ventilation options when selecting safety goggles

Figure 1. Clear, Removable Lenses

Figure 1. Clear, Removable Lenses

Safety goggles lenses are designed and tested to resist moderate impact.

Clear Lenses:

  • Are available with removable lenses.
  • May incorporate prescription lenses.
  • Do not provide special protection against optical radiation.

Safety goggle frames must be properly fitted to the worker's face to form a protective seal around the eyes. Poorly fitted goggles will not offer the necessary protection.

Figure 2. Eye Cup Goggles

Figure 2. Eye Cup Goggles

Eyecup Safety Goggles:

  • Cover the eye sockets completely.
  • Are available with direct or indirect ventilation.
  • May be rigid or flexible.
Figure 3. Cover Goggles

Figure 3. Cover Goggles

Cover Safety Goggles:

  • May be worn over corrective spectacles without disturbing the adjustment of the spectacles.
  • Are available in direct, indirect, or non-ventilated types.
  • May be rigid or flexible.
Figure 4. Direct-ventilated Goggles

Figure 4. Direct-ventilated Goggles

Ventilated goggles allow air circulation while providing protection against airborne particles, dust, liquids, or light.

Direct Ventilation:

  • Resist direct passage of large particles into the goggle.
  • Prevent fogging by allowing air circulation.
Figure 5. Indirect-ventilated Goggles

Figure 5. Indirect-ventilated Goggles

Indirect Ventilation:

  • Prevent fogging by allowing air circulation.
  • Protect against liquid or chemical splash entry.
Figure 6. Non-ventilated Goggles

Figure 6. Non-ventilated Goggles

Non-ventilated Goggles:

  • Do not allow the passage of air into the goggle.
  • Prevent splash entry.
  • May fog and require frequent lens cleaning.
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