Eye protection is required whenever there could be a risk to the eyes. The EN 166 standard of
eyewear isn’t limited to the workplace.
Protective eyewear is diverse and is designed to counter a variety of risks such as splatter, impact and light filtration. UV rays from the sun is one of the biggest risks to the eyes.
To protect the eye from foreign objects, such as dust particles, caustic fluids, radiochemical or metal swarf shavings, suitable eye protection should be selected and worn where applicable.
Eyewear is one of the most common forms of PPE and one of the most versatile.
Where there is a potential hazard, eye protection should be worn even if there is no immediate, presentable risk. Some injuries are immediate, but others can be gradual as a result of lengthened exposure to sunlight, for example.
(EU)2016/425 – PPE Directive
Standard(s) used for showing compliance with the essential requirements in the specified directive(s):
- EN 166: 2002 Personal Eye – Production – Specifications
- EN 167: 2002 Personal Eye – Protection – Optical Test Methods
- EN 168: 2002 Personal Eye – Protection – Non – Optical Test Methods
- EN ISO 12311: 2013 Personal protective equipment-Test methods for sunglasses and related eyewear
- EN ISO 12312-1: 2013+Al: 2015 – Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear Part 1: Sunglasses for general use
- EN ISO 12312-2: 2015 – Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear Part 2: Filters for direct observation of the sun