Safety goggles are used to protect the eyes of the wearer during activities where eye injury is a risk. From inexpensive home improvement store plastic models, to prescription goggles such as bifocal models, safety glasses minimise injury risks during activities including sports, woodworking and some types of art like sculpting or metalworking, and while on the job in industries like construction.
Benefits - In the workshop, safety goggles allow the user to handle high speed equipment like band saws, scroll saws or table saws while ensuring flying debris does not reach the eyes or sensitive areas around the eyes.
When to Wear - To be entirely effective, safety goggles or glasses should be placed over the eyes prior to beginning a project or handling equipment, and should remain on the face during the entire time equipment is used.
At School - Safety glasses not only protect from flying hard debris, they are used in classrooms during science experiments, such as in chemistry labs, to protect the eyes from material that can get into the air (see Resources).
Around the House - Safety goggles have a wide range of household uses, including during home improvement jobs and while using household cleaning solutions.
On the Job - Safety goggles or prescription safety glasses can be part of the tool kit for many professionals, including in the construction trades (e.g. welders), on assembly lines, and in military and law enforcement careers.