Three separate incidents have recently occurred onboard UK marine aggregate dredgers where individuals undertaking routine tasks onboard received debris in their eyes.
Two of these incidents were the result of undertaking activities where the risk assessment should have flagged up the need to wear the correct eye PPE. One was grinding and the other washing down the deck. In both cases, safety glasses were being worn when more appropriately goggles should have been required.
Safety glasses allow air in and around the eye area
Safety goggles fit tight against the face, offering protection against dust and splashes.
Face shields provide further protection and can also be worn over spectacles or goggles, and could be considered a reasonable alternative.