HAZARD ALERT : Inadequate Eye Protection

Safety Alert Type: 
Work sites throughout British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Interfor (Adams Lake Division)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Workers have sustained eye injuries due to inadequate eye protection, or by not wearing any eye protection.

Wear eye protection anytime there is a risk of getting struck by an object or getting something in the eye. In forestry work, this can mean dust, dirt, branches, wood chips, liquid chemicals or welding flash.

Learnings and Suggestions: 


Tips for Safety Glasses:

  • Glasses must be impact resistant (CSA/ANSI, “+”). Regular sunglasses or reading glasses do not offer the same protection.
  • Eye protection must meet the specific job requirements, eg: welder’s helmet.
  • Choose glasses that fit face and wrap around for side protection.
  • Always keep safety glasses readily available.
  • Protect the lenses from scratches and replace them when lenses get marked up.
  • Those with prescriptions can use safety glasses that fit over prescription glasses, or can use a face shield or visor. See optometrist for options.
  • Use vented or anti-fog glasses or treat with anti-fog solution.
  • Choose glasses with foam padding across brow.
  • Use tinted CSA/ANSI glasses for bright sun or glare.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lana Kurz, RPF - Interfor (Adams Lake Division) Lana.Kurz@Interfor.com (250) 679-6838

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