Are Safety Glasses Required Under a Face Shield?

Are Safety Glasses Required Under a Face Shield?

Safety glasses and face shields are both personal protective equipment (PPE) that are designed to protect the wearer’s eyes and face from potential hazards in the workplace. 

While face shields offer a higher level of protection than safety glasses alone, they are not always a replacement for safety glasses. It is important to understand the different types of PPE and when each should be used to ensure maximum protection.

Safety glasses are not required to be worn under a face shield because an impact-resistant face shield alone will protect your whole face including your eyes and neck.

To understand more why safety glasses are not required to be worn under a face shield, let me explain to you the difference between a face shield and a pair of safety glasses.

You can also check this article I wrote: Safety Glasses Vs Face Shield: Which Is the Best for You?

What Are Safety Glasses?

Safety glasses are protective eyewear that is designed to protect the wearer’s eyes from potential hazards that can occur in the workplace like flying debris, chemical splashes, and other hazards. 

ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses are made of high-impact and shatter-resistant materials such as polycarbonate or Trivex. They come in a variety of styles, including wraparound, vented, and prescription, and can be worn over regular glasses or contacts.

What Are Face Shields?

Face shields are PPE that covers your entire face and are designed to protect against splashes, sprays, flying debris, and other hazards. They are typically made from clear, lightweight plastic like polycarbonate or Trivex and are worn in addition to other forms of PPE, such as respirators or hard hats if needed. 

Face shields come in a variety of styles, including full face, headband, and visor, and can be worn with or without safety glasses.

When Are Safety Glasses Required?

Safety glasses are required whenever there is a risk of eye injury in the workplace or at home. Let me show you some statistics. In the US alone more than 700,000 people injure their eyes at work, and another 125,000 injure their eyes at home. 

This includes situations where there is a risk of flying debris, such as when using power tools, operating machinery, or working with hazardous chemicals. Safety glasses are also required when there is a risk of chemical splashes, such as when working with corrosive liquids or cleaning up spills.

When Are Face Shields Required?

ANSI Z87 Face shields are typically required in situations where there is a risk of splashes, sprays, flying debris, and other hazards. They are also often worn in healthcare settings to protect against the transmission of infectious diseases because they ability to protect your whole face.

Are Safety Glasses Required Under a Face Shield?

In general, safety glasses are not required to be worn under a face shield unless that face shield is not ANSI Z87 approved. In situations where there is a risk of both splashes and flying debris, an ANSI Z87 Face shield can be enough to protect you.

If the face shield you are wearing is not impact-resistant and shatter-resistance then you must wear ANZI Z87 safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris, and other hazards.

You can learn more about the ANSI Z87 standard here.

Conclusion

Safety glasses and face shields are both important forms of PPE that are designed to protect your eyes and face from potential hazards in the workplace and at home. While face shields offer a higher level of protection than safety glasses alone, they are not always a replacement for safety glasses. It is important to understand the different types of PPE and when each should be used to ensure maximum protection.

You can learn more about the difference between safety glasses and face shields here.

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