Eye and face injuries can be prevented by using appropriate protective eyewear or face shield. All frames and lenses used as protective equipment shall be codes and standards (CSA) approved according to CAN/CSA-Z94.3-92 - industrial eye and face protectors. Eye and face protection must have proper fit and guard against the specific hazard presented. Employees requiring prescription safety glasses shall be aided by a subsidy paid by the university; prior approval must be obtained from your supervisor.

Supervisors shall explain the reasons why eye protection equipment should be worn and it will be their responsibility to ensure that students, staff and visitors are provided with appropriate eye protection.

Eye protection areas

All persons assigned to, or entering areas which have any of the following hazards must wear eye protection:

  1. Sparks, open flame and spatters
  2. Molten metals
  3. Research activities involving high energy, the possibility of flying particles, explosion or implosion of vessels
  4. Hazardous chemicals
  5. Shops: wood or metal processing, particularly grinding, welding, chipping, sawing and sanding
  6. Injurious radiant energy, for example, welding, ultra-violet light, lasers and brazing
Type Illustration Recommended for
Eye safety selection guide
Safety glasses with side shields Safety goggles with side shields Protection from flying particles: from front or side
Goggles with regular ventilation Goggles with regular ventilation Protection from dusts, sparks, and flying particles coming from many angles
Goggles with hooded ventilation Goggles with hooded ventilation Protection from chemical splashes, dusts, sparks, and flying particles coming from many angles
Face shields (used with other eye protection Face shields Face protection from: splashes, heat, glare, and flying particles when worn over safety glasses or goggles. Face shields alone do not provide adequate eye protection
  • Take care of your safety glasses:
    • Clean your safety glasses daily and follow the manufacturer's instructions while doing so, take care not to scratch lenses as this may decrease their effectiveness.
    • Store your glasses in a clean, dry place where they are not in danger of falling or being stepped on.
    • Replace scratched, broken, bent or ill fitting eye wear as soon as possible.

Reference: CAN/CSA-Z94.3-92 Industrial eye and face protectors.