When it has been determined that your job duties pose a hazard
requiring the use of steel toed safety shoes or safety glasses,
the college will provide these to you at no cost.
College employees can receive safety shoes through the Environmental
Health and Safety department by contacting Maxine Ortiz (firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 629-7787) or Laurie Vivekanand (email@example.com or
(518) 629-7163.) You will be issued a voucher for the purchase
of shoes through a local vendor. The voucher is valued at $100
and will provide choice of multiple shoe options that will allow
all employees to obtain a pair that fit comfortably.
Click here for information on care and use of safety shoes.
If you wear prescription glasses, safety prescription glasses
(where required due to your job duties) can be obtained through
the Environmental Health and Safety department by contacting
Maxine Ortiz (firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 629-7787) or Laurie Vivekanand (email@example.com or
(518) 629-7163.) You will be issued a
voucher for selection and fitting of glasses at a local vendor.
The employee is responsible for obtaining an eye exam and providing
a current prescription to the vendor.
If you do not wear prescription glasses, you can obtain plain
safety glasses through your department where required due to your
Click here for information on care and use of safety glasses.
Use steel toed safety shoes when there is a potential
of falling or rolling objects, sharp objects, molten metal, hot
surfaces and when performing manual handling of heavy materials.
is important to make sure shoes fit properly; consult with
the safety shoe vendor on advice on fit and appropriateness
to specific work conditions.
- Proper Use – Follow the
- Limitations – the
greatest protection of the foot will be under the area of
the steel insert, other parts of the foot will not have as
great a protection but will have some.
- Inspection and Maintenance – keep
footwear clean and polished to last longer. Replace broken
or frayed laces and be attentive to overall wear and deterioration.
Eye and Face Protection
National injury data shows that
60 percent of workers with eye injuries were not wearing eye protection.
For workers who were using eye protection, 40 percent were wearing
the wrong eye protection for the job. It is estimated that more
than 1,000 eye injuries occur each day and that over the course
of a year, more than 100,000 of these injuries will result in some
form of vision loss.
- Selection of the Correct Eye Protection
a) Safety glasses with
side shields – Must be utilized where
there is potential for flying particles and chips or other debris,
when working around power tools and equipment and other impact
b) Goggles and or safety glasses and a face shield – Must
be utilized where there is a potential for a splash from liquid
chemicals, vapors or gases, molten metal.
c) Shaded eyewear – Needed for working
around light radiation sources such as welding, cutting, lasers,
- Proper Use
a) Eye and face wear should be adjusted to provide
maximum protection and comfort. Goggles or safety glasses can
be worn over prescription glasses. Face shields are not adequate
for eye protection and must be worn with safety glasses or goggles.
lenses may be worn under safety glasses but wearers should know
that heavily contaminated or chemical environments may present
additional hazards if chemical vapors or gases get trapped under
their lenses. Proper eye protection must be utilized in conjunction
with, or instead of, contact lenses.
- Limitations: Eye protection may decrease
peripheral vision, they may fog (use vented goggles), of if
scratched and dirty will obstruct vision.
- Inspection & Maintenance: Keep clean,
inspect daily, clean with soap and warm water or a cleaning
solution. Replace scratched or pitted lenses.