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OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Hot Work

 

Hazard: Eye Injuries

Problems

Eye Injury Problem 1

The clear face shield worn by this worker does not provide the appropriate level of protection from the harmful UV radiation generated by the brazing he is doing. For brazing, a shade 3 shield or lens is needed.

 

 

 

 

Solutions

Eye Injury Solution 1

When hot work must be performed in these conditions, rotation of workers is a good idea. Some stretching exercises prior to entering tight spaces is helpful in maintaining flexibility and preventing injuries. Workers should take periodic breaks to stretch and relieve the strain on muscles and tendons. Workers who will be on their knees for extended periods of time should wear knee pads in addition to all other required PPE.

Problems

Eye Injury Problem 2

Foreign bodies in the eye (sometimes imbedded) can result from workers blowing into their safety glasses, goggles, welding hoods or respirators to remove debris. Using a compressed air cleaning nozzle for this purpose can have the same result.

 

 

 

Solutions

Eye Injury solution 2

Using proper cleaning methods for PPE will prevent many of these foreign body eye injuries. Cleaning stations with lens cleaning solution and wiping tissues,along with disposable respirator wipes can be conveniently located throughout work areas. Storing PPE in a clean area will also help. One shipyard issues zip lock bags to workers to keep PPE free of debris when not in use.

Problems

Eye Injury Problem 3

Using proper cleaning methods for PPE will prevent many of these foreign body eye injuries. Cleaning stations with lens cleaning solution and wiping tissues,along with disposable respirator wipes can be conveniently located throughout work areas. Storing PPE in a clean area will also help. One shipyard issues zip lock bags to workers to keep PPE free of debris when not in use.

 

Solutions

Eye Injury solution 3

Welding screens can be placed to protect workers who are working in, or passing through,areas where hot work is underway. Workers assisting welders, or working in close proximity to welding operations where screens are not practical, should be provided with properly shaded eye protection.

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