There are a number of different precautions that electrical workers need to consider when shopping for prescription safety glasses.
For one, it is not always necessary for electricians to wear prescription safety glasses. Also, sometimes the only prescription safety glasses electricians have to wear are the kind that are ANSI Z87-approved for impact safety (the kind that most people on a construction site need to wear). Personal protective equipment (PPE) for electrical work can vary greatly depending on the situation.
Electrical work can be extremely dangerous when working on or near live boxes or wires. It is important to assess your situation, consider all possibilities and risks, and plan your personal protective equipment accordingly before beginning each job. It is also important to consider the safety requirements of whatever site you may be working on because you do not want to deal with the consequences should OSHA show up and find you without ANSI-approved safety glasses.
Safety is a priority in electrical work; people die when they’re careless. Be careful, be observant, wear your PPE, and always check to make sure the line doesn’t have voltage before getting started! And if you require prescription glasses, be sure to get yourself a pair of prescription safety glasses for electrical work.
Please share with us any experiences you’ve had doing electrical work—with or without proper safety glasses—in the comment section below.
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