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Test Your Workers’ Eye Protection Knowledge

by Bongarde Editorial


Every day, an average of 2,000 American workers and 200 Canadian workers receive eye injuries. Have your workers complete the following quiz from Prevent Blindness America to test their knowledge regarding eye injury prevention.

1. Safety glasses can be bad for your eyes.

True or False

2. Using a computer terminal won’t damage your eyes.

True or False?

3. Safety glasses that have scratches or pits do not need to be replaced.

True or False?

4. Contact lenses provide enough safety in a work environment so you don’t need safety glasses.

True or False?

5. Face shields by themselves offer adequate eye protection.

True or False?

6. Industrial safety glasses can be made with your own prescription.

True or False?

7. All eyeglasses sold in the US are required to be impact resistant.

True or False?

8. The differences between glass, plastic and polycarbonate lenses are minimal.

True or False?

9. Proper occupational safety eyewear is available outside the workplace.

True or False?

10. Serious eye injuries usually happen only at work.

True or False?


  1. False: Safety eyewear is made of optical-quality glass or plastic. Looking through them, even for long periods of time, will not affect your vision.
  2. True: There is no clinical evidence showing that video display terminals (VDTs) can damage your eyes.
  3. False: Protective eyewear with scratched or pitted lenses or damaged frames is less resistant to impact and should be replaced. Safety eyewear should be regularly cleaned, inspected, repaired and, if necessary, replaced.
  4. False: Contact lenses can be used in the workplace, but only when worn with other appropriate eye protection.
  5. False: A face shield provides adequate protection only when used together with the right safety glasses or goggles.
  6. True: Industrial lenses can be made to fit most prescriptions.
  7. True: However, there’s a catch. While all eyeglasses must be impact resistant, they are not impact proof. Industrial-type safety eyewear (both lenses and frames) must meet more stringent standards than regular eyeglasses or sunglasses. Protective eyewear that meets the industrial standard, ANSI Z-87, must be marked with the manufacturer’s logo on each lens and with Z-87 on all component parts (frames, temples, etc.)
  8. False: Polycarbonate lenses are by far the strongest and most impact resistant. Plastic and polycarbonate lenses are lighter, protect against welding splatter and are not as likely to fog. Glass lenses provide good scratch resistance and can withstand chemical exposure.
  9. True: Hardware stores, home care centers, safety equipment suppliers and optical shops are good places to start. Protectors for home use must have the ANSI Z-87 mark on their frames. Sports protectors should indicate that they have been tested for the appropriate sport.
  10. False: There are also many home activities that require industrial-grade eye protection and sports that require special sports protectors. Not wearing protective eyewear may cause serious eye injuries.
Bongarde Editorial

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