October 14th, 2013


A number of apprentices have received eye injuries due to flying particles / foreign bodies entering the eye. A review of the incidents indicate the main causes for the incidents are:

  • apprentices are not wearing safety eye protection; or
  • using inadequate safety eye protection

Lessons Learnt

  1. 1. Safety eye protection must be worn when completing tasks where flying particles are occur such as grinding.
  2. 2. Goggles provide better protection than safety glasses from impact, dust and radiation hazards.
  3. 3. Ensure your safety eye protection is in good condition and is worn correctly.
  4. 4. To wear safety goggles correctly:
  • Place the lenses of the goggles over your eyes and adjust them slightly so they seal tightly around your eyes. Generally, the goggles will cover your eyes above your eyebrows, over the bridge of your nose and down to your cheekbones.
  • Push the eye goggle lenses against your face to seal them tightly.
  • Pull the elastic strap of the eye goggles around the top of your head and position it at the backand top of your head.
  • Tighten the elastic strap so it holds the eye goggle lenses tightly around your eyes, yet not so tightly that the goggles feel uncomfortable or painful.
  • Test the seal and the tightness of the goggles by moving the goggles slightly on your face. Move your head around up and down and side to side. The goggles should stay in place securely and comfortably as you move.

Corrective Actions:

  1. 1. The ATNZ Health and Safety Committee reviewed the personal protective eye wear available to apprentices and made the recommendation to include the Uvex safety goggles as a standard PPE issue item to the current safety eye protection range that is available.
  2. 2. These goggles were trialled and we have received good feedback. They are smaller, lighter and have a headband.
  3. 3. As per the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act, where hazards that have been identified cannot be controlled in any other way, apprentices are required to use personal protective equipment to protect themselves. This is not optional.
  4. 4. If your eye safety protection is damaged or inadequate for your current work, please speak to your ATNZ Account Manager to get it replaced.