Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

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

Process: Shipfitting


Eye Injuries: Problems and Solutions


shipfitter with power grinder

Wearing standard safety eyewear, even if it has side shield protection, may not be enough to prevent foreign bodies from getting embedded in the eyes during operations such as grinding. High-speed grinding operations can produce fast-moving particles that can fly under or over the safety glass frames and get into employees' eyes.

welder with face mask tilted up

This shipfitter appears to be ready to weld. So what's wrong with this picture?

The shipfitter is not wearing safety glasses.


man wearing safety glasses
Option 1

Safety goggles with a seal can provide more complete protection against grinding dust getting into employees' eyes if safety glasses with side vents are not sufficient. Goggles have ventilation and/or special lenses to prevent fogging.

welder working with protective gear and full face mask
Option 2

Wearing a safety face shield that covers the entire face or wearing a face shield over safety glasses are options that may provide necessary additional protection from grinding dust, especially if the dust is dropping from above. If respiratory protection is required, a full-face respirator provides the needed level of protection against both grinding dust and respiratory hazards.

welder with safety glasses on and face mask tilted up

Safety glasses under the welding hood are necessary to provide protection from flying particles that may be generated by adjacent operations. This is a safety requirement in most shipyards.


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