Eye Protection

If a virus outbreak would occur, it is extremely important to have a barrier to prevent infectious material from entering the mucous membranes that surrounds the eyes. Eyewear, such as goggles, should be worn with other personal protective equipment to lower the risk of infection. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has provided the following information regarding the use of eye protection: Goggles should be snug and properly fitted. When searching for a pair of goggles please keep in mind that the goggles must fit from the corners of the eyes and across the brow area. There is some debate on whether goggles can be vented or non-vented during an infection outbreak. NIOSH claims that goggles can be indirectly-vented, however; directly-vented goggles should not be worn as they may allow penetration from sprays or splashes. Anti-fog coated goggles provide the highest protection from respiratory droplets, sprays, or splashes.

**Safety Glasses provide protection from impact hazards, but they do not provide the same level of protection from splashes or droplets as goggles do.