Personal Protective Equipment

How to protect your eyes from grinders

It may seem obvious - wearing eye protection when grinding, but it is not something everyone does.

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Over time a tiny piece of iron or steel that has penetrated into the eye can rust and degrade, become toxic - damaging the eye. Untreated, this condition can lead to irreversible blindness.

Here are two of the easiest things you can do to prevent eye injuries are:

Use guarding

Make sure the grinder has its guards and/or shields in place and that they are correctly adjusted.

Wear eye protection

When using grinders, in most cases this means wearing safety glasses or googles along with a face shield.

You may ask 'Why not just safety glasses?' or 'Why the face shield?'

When grinding, safety glasses protect your eyes from direct hits from particles. However, many of the claims were from workers injured when particles flew or deflected underneath their safety glasses.

A face shield protects your eyes and face from flying particles and also from projectiles in case a wheel breaks. Face shields are not designed to be worn on their own. Safety glasses or googles need to be worn under them.

Employers are responsible for supplying the right protective eyewear to avoid the risk of injury to the eyes and/or face.

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