I have always used eye protection when working.
Recently I purchased a new angle grinder and thought I'd better step
up my protection. I bought a face shield. The shield seems a little
flimsy but it has the correct certification stamped on it ????87, I
don't recall exactly. Is this suppose to provide the same eye
protection as a pair of saftey goggles/lenses? And I suppose to use
the face shield alone or with a pair of goggle/lenses?
I know if the angle grinder wheel should come apart I'd be happy to
have the shield and a pair of googles but I'm wondering what the
standary of practice is and what most people wear.
On 2/11/2013 9:44 AM, snipped-for-privacy@notaaddy.Com wrote:
I worked in a lab and had to use eye protection.
I need prescription lenses and the company furnished us with
prescription safety glasses. When there was danger of something going
around the glasses, I'd wear side shields on the safety glasses or
goggles over the safety glasses or a full face shield.
For you face shield should be good but I'd also be wearing glasses under it.
Where I worked the glasses were furnished also. They were specified to be
made so the side shields could not be removed. Atleast without drilling out
Other eye and safety equipment was specified by most of the jobs.
One of the funniest rules was that they had the masks that goes your mouth
availiable. We often worked in some areas that had a lot of dust,but the
rules were we did not have to use the mask in some of the areas. We could
use them if we signed a waver that while they are not needed we were just
doing it on our own. However for anyone wearing a mask, you could not have
a mushtash or beard because it would not seal right..
Facial hair could be a problem but where I worked they would fit test
you if you worked in an area where masks were required and I had a
friend with a beard that passed.
I've been retired 20 years but still have several pairs of safety
glasses which I'll wear when there could be eye hazards. Also still
have a few pairs of old safety shoes. It was a good deal at work where
you could get new glasses with a new prescription and 2 pairs of safety
shoes a year.
Rule of thumb on a dust mask is to wear one if there is a haze in the
work area. I have a box of those disposable dust masks that I sometimes
The hair could interfear with the seal, but the funny part of the ruling is
that even in the areas it was not required, but you could not put one for
extra protection in those areas if you had hair on your face.
Where I worked we could get a new pair of perscription glasses whenever we
got a new perscription or if the old ones were dammaged. Could get plastic
glasses any time we wanted them. Ear plugs by the box, safety shoes once a
year from a truck that came around several times a year.
On Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:44:02 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@notaaddy.Com wrote:
Becaue of lower back pain, I need an MRI. There are two chains of
imaging clinics here and when I told one that I had spent about 3
hours of the last 30 years grinding, they said, "Don't worry about it.
The restrictions** are for people who do it for work, day in and day
For unrelated reasons I had to call the second chain and t he second
one said, "Any grinding presents a risk. You need to have an orbital
X-ray, to check for metal in my eyes, before we can do the MRI. And
you need a prescription from your doctor before we can give the
orbital xray. We won't do it otherwise."
So now I'm trying to decide if there is any risk in my backbround. I
used goggles most of the time, but not every time I repaired a
screwdriver. Because a bench grinder blows the stone and metal
particles down. Below my hands. The housing keeps stuff from
blowing up at my eyes.
Still I've gotten wood in my eyes so maybe I've gotten metal too.
Told this story to my 75-year old friend, who used to own a small
factory, and his father before him, and he remembered 50 years ago
getting some metal in his eye(maybe from something another employee
was doing) and having to go to the Wilmer Eye Clinic, which is still
here and well-known, and they had some special machine to take the
filing out of his eye.
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