What is Eye Protection?

Eye protection prevents injury to the eye and is a type of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Since the eyes are one of the most important organs, not to mention incredibly vulnerable parts of the human body, it’s imperative to protect them from harm. Eyes are damaged easily by numerous things like small particles, chemicals, biological agents, strong visible light and non-visible rays and should be safeguarded by using proper eye protection equipment.


The Importance of Eye Protection

No one wants permanent vision damage. It can disable a worker for life, so by wearing eye safety wear in the workplace, accidents can be avoided. Did you know? Even seemingly minimal eye injuries can lead to long-term issues and distress, such as persistent and uncomfortable corneal erosion from a tiny scratch caused by cement, drywall or sawdust.

Injury to the eyes in the workplace happen for two main reasons: a.) workers weren’t wearing eye work protection or b.) they were wearing the wrong kind for the job. When there’s a good enough chance of injury that could be prevented by such equipment, eye protection is an absolute prerequisite. PPE eyewear like goggles, spectacles, face shields, safety glasses or full-face respirators must be worn when an eye hazard exists.

It stands to reason that wearing PPE eyewear makes practical and financial sense. After all, we only get given one pair of eyes to last us the rest of our lives!

Why Do You Need to Wear Eye Protection at Work?

There are many reasons why you might need PPE eye protection around the workplace. It could be because you’re dealing with chemicals or gases, working in a dusty environment, or in an environment where there’s a risk of impact to your eye area. Whatever the risk, it’s vital to have an appropriate level of eye protection, and this is an area where it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Who Wears PPE Eye Protection Equipment?

Industries with high risk for eye injuries include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Auto repair
  • Welding

When Should I Wear PPE Eye Protection?

Sure, in some jobs, wearing safety glasses isn’t the most convenient of accessories, especially when the risk of harm is fairly low. But there are several settings when you should most certainly wear safety eyewear:

  • When handling any bodily fluids that may contain virus particles
  • Dealing with hazardous chemicals of alkali, as fumes or splashes could get in your eyes
  • When you’re working in bright lights or with radiation, like UV or lasers
  • When working with solid mortars likes metal fragments, concrete or wood

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you wear the right protective equipment.

What Types of Eye Work Protection Do You Have?

The right eye protection depends upon the type of danger, the conditions of exposure, other protective equipment used, and individual vision needs.

At Essential Safety Wear, we stock a huge selection of PPE, including products designed to protect the eyes. Whether you work in a laboratory, industrial environment, or garage, it’s easy to find the right PPE to suit your needs.


If you just need simple goggles, we sell both individual pairs and bulk boxes, and our products are excellent quality for the price. The range includes simple, safety screen goggles for when you need basic protection, to wrap around, vented goggles that protect the area around the eye and can be worn over prescription glasses.

We also offer specialist gas welding goggles, which are heavy duty and feature a flip-up lens for grinding. All our goggles feature adjustable headbands or arms, ensuring that one size fits all your workforce.

If you want to protect your eyes and the rest of your face, a browguard is light and comfortable to wear and offers high levels of protection. These full-face shields are used in various environments where there’s a risk of a chemical splash or being hit by molten metal.  Again, these browguards are adjustable, so they can be used by anyone on the team.

Need More PPE Equipment?

We offer excellent prices on eye work protection, so don’t go without. Make sure you order online with Essential Safety Wear and you’ll enjoy fast delivery to your home or work. In terms of other PPE equipment, we supply respiratory masks, harnesses, first aid, head protection, ear protection and knee protection.

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