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MAR 2017

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34 MARCH 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM between worker, task, tools, and environment; • Talk to workers to better understand the task and associated risks; • Identify known hazards for each step; • Pinpoint what could go wrong in addition to known hazards; • Keep in mind that many injuries happen while walking through someone else's area; • Remember that workers can also generate hazards in areas that aren't their own; • Take steps to eliminate hazards with proper eye and face PPE. Make sure your eyewear policy contains: • How and where workers get glasses and replacements; • When and where to have eye protec- tion (on person or on machine); • An enforcement process. Because a job hazard analysis can also aid in auditing, training, and incident investigation, post the results of the hazard assessment with the associated decisions each year in the work environment. Select Appropriate Eye Protection Annex J of the ANSI/ISEA standard contains a selection guide, which will be helpful in choosing types of protec- tors to match identified hazards. Be sure to consult with the PPE manufac- turer about the uses and limitations for each type of eye or face protection. Establish a complete eye safety protec- tion program, including selection, fit testing, training, maintenance, and inspection. Some basic considerations for selection should include: • Challenges faced by workers wearing eye protection; • Compliancy with ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015; • Independent lab testing and certification; • Options for frame technologies and durability; • Lens coatings and optical technology: » Anti-static coating reduces dust and particulate attraction to the lens; » Scratch-resistant coating is designed to help protect and extend the life of the lens when used in abrasive environments; » Anti-ultraviolet (UV) coating absorbs more than 99.9 percent of harmful UV radiation; » Anti-fog coatings are designed to help reduce fogging in cold to warm temperature transitions and high-humidity environments. • Lens color selection with regard to the work environment lighting: » Lenses can be clear, tinted, photo- chromic, or polarized; each type offers intrinsic filtration value for specific light conditions. • Offerings for fit and style: » Safety glass temples should fit comfortably over the ears. To close gaps, make sure the frame is no further than a pencil-width away from the face at any point. The nose should adequately support the bridge of the spectacle. Safety glasses should be individually assigned and fitted. • Options for prescription glasses or fit-over protectors: » There are over 81 million Americans ages 45 to 64; a large portion of them will need reading glasses in combination with protective safety glasses or prescription safety eyewear. • Costs: » Remember that the best glasses — and the ones you'll get the most for your money — are the ones people wear. • Inclusion of proper markings After Providing the Right Eyewear to Employees e ANSI/ISEA standard references critical requirements for a program to be effective; they are: Instructions Employers and educational authorities shall provide employees and students with all warnings, cautions, instruc- tions, and limitations provided with the protector by the manufacturer and inform wearers as to their meaning. (ANSI/ISEA Z87.1, Section 10.2) Inspections Employees and students shall make a visual inspection of their protector prior to each use. Protectors that exhibit broken parts, distortion, or excessive scratches on the lens are unsuitable for use and shall not be worn. Eye and face protectors that have been subject to an impact shall not be used and shall be discarded and replaced. (ANSI/ISEA Z87.1, Section 10.3) Training Employers and educational authorities shall train employees and students in the proper use, application, inspection, maintenance, storage, fitting, and limitations of eyewear. (ANSI/ISEA Z87.1, Section 10.5) Maintenance and Care Protectors shall be maintained in a usable condition in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Reasonable care shall be taken during the use and storage of protectors so that they are not subject to unneces- sary abuse: • Clean your safety glasses daily with water and a mild soap solution. Do not use chemicals that can harm coatings or leave a film on the lens. Follow the manufacturer's instruc- tions. Avoid rough handling that can Safety Watch

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