Eye Protection

UNB Reference Number: 7805
Authorized by: J. M. Anderson, President,
Effective Date: December 1, 1978
Revised: September 2001
PDF version


To outline the hazards and regulations relating to eye protection.


All employees and students observing or performing a function which may expose them to any of the following hazards must wear eye protection:

  • flying particles
  • hazardous substances
  • harmful light or other rays

Types of eye protection

Recommendations as to the type of eye protection required in a specific area shall be made by the safety office:

  1. Spectacle-type safety glasses - "Plano" will be provided to persons requiring frontal protection. Frames and lenses of the spectacle-type safety glasses shall meet C.S.A. standards.
  2. Safety goggles shall be provided to persons requiring a full seal-tight protection around the eyes.
  3. Face shields shall be provided to persons requiring eye and face protection against splashing acids, hot liquids, flames, etc.
  4. Filter lenses shall be provided to persons requiring protection against radiant energies, e.g. infrared, ultraviolet, etc.
  5. Temporary eye shields will be provided to persons visiting a designated eye protection area.

Procedure for obtaining eye protection devices:

  1. Safety glasses, goggles, face shields, etc., shall be provided by the employee's department.
  2. Appropriate eye protection should be provided for use of students involved in eye hazard areas such as teaching or research laboratories. This should be on a loan basis from the department concerned with the devices being returned at the end of each class or project.


  1. All persons shall wear properly fitted C.S.A. approved, or equivalent, goggles, force shields or other approved eye protection when engaged in work where there may be a hazard from any materials liable to injure or irritate the eyes. (N.B. Occupational Health & Safety Act & Regulations)
  2. All sources of intense infra-red radiation shall be shielded as near the source as possible, by heat absorbing screens, water screens, or other suitable devices to prevent such radiation entering the eyes of employees not wearing goggles or eye shields. (N.B. Occupational Health & Safety Act & Regulations)
  3. Where any person is exposed to emissions of ultraviolet radiation between 180 nm and 400 nm UV absorbing goggles, spectacles or face shields shall be worn and the exposure to the person shall not exceed the threshold limit value for UV radiation. (O.H.S.A. Regulations)
  4. Where deemed necessary by an Officer of the W.H.S.C.C., or where prescribed under the Regulations, approved safety glasses or goggles shall be worn.