I’m coming across an increasing number of people who think safety eyewear is required for work or organisations who specify it (seemingly arbitrarily). I’d like to check with members how common this is, and whether anybody has seen, or written, a risk assessment that has identified a need for safety eyewear and if so why.
My main concern is with regard to fibre sharps with fibre splicing work, but I’m happy to also hear about laser safety requirements for eyewear and/or other PPE.
We have a line in our method statement instructing our installers to, “Wear safety glasses when carrying out any task that could harm your eyes. This includes, but is not limited to, cable pulling, cutting, drilling and any other machining.” I think I’ll add “fibre optic termination” to the list. It might be overkill but it would cover us against a claim in the unlikely event of a sharp flying into the eye of someone who had been told to wear eye protection.