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Goggles

These are tight-fitting eye protection that completely cover the eyes, eye sockets and the facial area immediately surrounding the eyes and provide protection from impact, dust and splashes. Some googles will fit over corrective lenses.

Goggles shall be used instead of safety spectacles, face shields, or a combination of safety spectacles and faces shields when:

  • Caustics and hydrofluoric acid (these eye injuries are more serious than with other acids) are involved in operations. 
  • High concentrations of acids (pH<2) or bases (pH >11) are used. 
  • Temperatures are elevated. Chemical reactions, including acid-base, fuel-oxidizer/reducing chemical, and solution reactions, also generate heat in labs or shops. The MSDS provide advice about these types of hazards in industrial settings. In a plating shop, tank heaters may provide heating as part of the process. 
  • Work generates splash, dust, mists, or aerosols. Some electroplating and chemical processes create airborne mists. Air agitation, pouring of either large quantities of liquids or powders, or pouring from greater heights, vigorous mixing or sparging, or any operation may create corrosive splashes or mists.

Laser Safety Goggles are speciality goggles to protect against intense concentrations of light produced by lasers. The type of laser safety goggles chosen should depend upon the equipment and operating conditions of the workplace.

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