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Protect Employees From Eye Hazards

Policies and procedures need to be written to outline the hazards relating to eye protection. All employees and visitors entering an area or are performing a function which may expose them to hazards such as flying particles, hazardous substances, and harmful light or other rays of radiation, must wear eye protection.

Different forms of eye protection protect the eyes from a specific hazard. Recommendations as to the type of eye protection required in a specific area should be identified.
1) Spectacle-type safety glasses should be provided to persons requiring frontal protection. Frames and lenses of the spectacle-type safety glasses should meet federal standards.
2) Safety goggles should be provided to persons requiring a full seal-tight protection around the eyes.
3) Face shields should be provided to persons requiring eye and face protection against splashing acids, hot liquids, or even flames.
4) Filter lenses should be provided to persons requiring protection against harmful light and other rays of radiation such as the arc of welding.
5) Temporary eye shields will be provided to persons visiting a designated eye protection area.

All safety glasses, goggles, or face shields should be provided by the employer.
Appropriate eye protection should be provided for use of personnel involved in eye hazard areas. These should be issued to employees and visitors and recorded. For visitors the safety glasses should be returned.

Procedures in with eye protection concerns can be written to include the following:

Procedure 1: All persons shall wear properly fitted federal approved, or equivalent, goggles, force shields or other approved eye protection when engaged in work where there may be a hazard from any materials that may injure or irritate the eyes.
Procedure 2: All sources of intense heat or infra-red radiation shall be shielded as near the source as possible, by heat absorbing screens, water screens, or other suitable devices to prevent such radiation entering the eyes of employees not wearing goggles or eye shields.
Procedure 3: Where any person is exposed to emissions of ultraviolet radiation between 180 nm and 400 nm UV absorbing goggles, spectacles or face shields shall be worn and the exposure to the person shall not exceed the threshold limit value for UV radiation.
Procedure 4: Where deemed necessary by an Officer of the company, or where prescribed under the Regulations, approved safety glasses or goggles shall be worn.

By introducing these simple precautions into the workplace, all employees and visitors will be safe from eye injuries. Another piece of equipment to consider is an eye washing station. This can be located near the most prone area for eye injury in the workplace.

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Welding Helmets And Welding Safety In The Shop

Welding safety forms the backbone of any project involving an arc. Because of the intensity of light the arc emits, and the extreme temperature it produces, it stands to reason that protecting yourself remains the first rule of the day regardless of the nature of the job or the years of experience you have in the field. Futhermore, welding safety involves more than just protection from heat and light. A number of other safety hazards face welders, and require additional gear to fully meet OSHA—and common sense—safety requirements. Red Hill Supply offers a comprehensive selection of welding safety equipment from top manufacturers of welding helmets, welding gloves, and welding goggles.

Welding helmets provide the most important element of protection by shielding the welder’s head and eyes from the bright light of the arc. We carry a number of standard and auto-darkening welder’s safety helmets in our online inventory. We offer fix-front welding safety helmets in a number of color options and designs. We also carry the more traditional lift/fixed front combo helmets by mainstay manufacturers like Firepower and Eclipse. If you have a personal preference for new technology, or if your company requires the latest and greatest in welding safety, then we can accommodate your requirements with top-quality auto darkening welding helmets. Equipped with technology that automatically dims the eye shield as soon as the arc lights, these intuitive devices have already supplanted traditional welding helmets in many organizations. We currently offer the solar-powered models, as these are not only safer for the welder but also run on a renewable energy source.

No matter how safe your welding helmet is reputed to be, it remains wise to double-guard the eyes with safety glasses while welding. Even with the arc off, you can still be injured by a variety of equipment hazards on the job. Industrial welding often generates flying particles, chemicals, and vapors that can irritate or severely injure the eyes. No welding environment is ever safe in this sense without countermeasures taken in advance. Home and agricultural environments pose similar hazards to welders without safety glasses. Red Hill Supply not only recommends you double-guard your eyes, but also supplies some of the best welders goggles and safety glasses you can find anywhere online. Our safety glasses by UVEX offer protection from industrial, laboratory, and chemical hazards encountered daily by welders. Highly scratch resistant, their ability to shield from laser light also makes them a valuable component to any welder’s safety kit.

Welders also need to safely protect their hands, and welding gloves are normally mandatory safety equipment for welders in factories and construction crews. Never remove your gloves while handling welding equipment or while standing in an area where other welders are working. Even with the arc off, hot metal can still burn your hands, and flying particles can burn the hands just like they can burn the eyes. While normal safety gloves might make do for a welder in a pinch, we do not recommend you use standard gloves as a mainstay welding safety device. Instead, we recommend welders invest in gloves specifically designed for their trade.

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