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PPE Selection - Impact Hazards: Safety Spectacles
Worker wearing safety spectacles Safety spectacles are intended to shield the wearer's eyes from impact hazards such as flying fragments, objects, large chips, and particles. Workers are required to use eye safety spectacles with side shields when there is a hazard from flying objects. Non-side shield spectacles are not acceptable eye protection for impact hazards. [29 CFR 1910.133(a)(2), 29 CFR 1915.153(a)(2)]

The frames of safety spectacles are constructed of metal and/or plastic and can be fitted with either corrective or plano impact-resistant lenses. Side shields may be incorporated into the frames of safety spectacles when needed. Consider each component of safety spectacles when selecting the appropriate device for your workplace.
Lenses
The lenses of safety spectacles are designed to resist moderate impact from flying objects and particles.
  • Plano Lenses
    Fig. 1:
    Plano Lenses
    Plano lenses:

    • Should be used by workers who do not require vision correction
    • May be flat or curved
    • Are available in clear, filtered, or tinted lenses
    • May include removable lenses
  • Prescription Lenses
    Fig. 2:
    Prescription Lenses
    Prescription (Rx) lenses:

    • Should be used by workers who require vision correction
    • May be clear, filtered, or tinted
    • May include removable lenses
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Frames
The safety spectacle frames must fit comfortably and correctly to offer the necessary protection.
  • Spatula Temples
    Fig. 3:
    Spatula Temples
    Spatula temples:

    • Fit over the ear
    • Can be either fixed or adjustable
    • Are available in metal or plastic 
  • Cable temples:

    • Fit around the ear
    • Can be either fixed or adjustable
    • Are available in metal or plastic
  • Headband Temples
    Fig. 4:
    Headband Temples
    Headband temples:

    • Are easily adjustable for a secure fit
    • Are useful for tasks requiring movement



  • Adjustable Nose Pads
    Fig. 5:
    Adjustable Nose Pads
    Bridges:

    • Are available in a variety of sizes
    • Are available in fixed or adjustable types
    • May have adjustable nose pads with pliable arms

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Side Shields
Side shields provide angular protection from impact hazards in addition to frontal protection.
  • Flatfold or semi side shields:

    • May be part of or attached to the temple
    • Are permanent or removable
    • Are solid or ventilated
    • Are tinted or clear
Flatfold Side Shields
Fig. 6:
Flatfold Side Shields
  • Full (cup) side shields may be:

    • Removable
    • Wire screen
    • Tinted or clear

Full (cup) Side Shields
Fig. 7:
Full (cup) Side Shields
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