OSHA designates safety spectacles as primary protection. Safety spectacles are offered in different sizes and styles to fit most everyone and protect against most workplace hazards. Look for good optical quality to avoid distorted of blurred vision and poor depth perception that could lead to headaches, nausea and fatigue. Evaluate lenses for impact and scratch resistance, weight, anti-fogging, and UV protection. Special types of work require Infrared protection or laser filters. OSHA requires employers provide side protection wherever an impact hazard exists, and that safety spectacles accommodates prescription eyewear.
American National Standards Institute
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Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, OSH Answers: Safety Glasses and Face Protectors
NIOSH Eye Safety Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery
OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.133, "Eye and Face Protection"
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA 3151-12R, 2003, page 9-16, Personal Protective Equipment