Eye Protection Guide

Industrial-related eye injuries are commonly caused by chemical splashes, metal or plastic debris hitting the eye, tools accidentally striking the face and improper use of equipment. Damage caused by Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is also a key concern. Most work-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of eye protection.

What Types of Protective Eyewear Are Available?

Safety Glasses

Used in General working conditions, where there is a low risk of dust, fragments or flying particles. Should have side protection or wrap around to prevent particles entering to the left or right of the lenses. Glasses with tinted lenses offer protection against UV radiation (solar radiation and glare).


Provide better protection against dust and splashes than glasses as they provide a seal around the eyes. Used in situations where there is a risk of chemical splashes or high levels of dust. Goggles with tinted lenses offer protection against UV radiation (solar radiation and glare). Some goggles are vented or coated to prevent fogging.

Face Shields

Used when spraying, chipping or with other high impact particle hazards. Also suitable for chemical or blood-borne hazards. Can be worn over glasses or goggles for extra protection.

Welding Helmets

This is a specialised item mainly used for protecting the eyes against burns and UV radiation from welding.

Full Face Respirators

Protection for situations where the hazard can damage the respiratory system as well as the eyes. Used to protect against dust, chemical and smoke hazards, as well as chemical vapours, caustic dust and liquids, all of which can damage the eyes and lungs.