Eye Protection in Science and DT
Splash-proof goggles vs safety spectacles
For science subjects and Design and Technology lessons, some form of eye protection is required. However, all users have different needs. Some may require prescription glasses or, for whatever reason, may not be able to tolerate normal models of eye protection.
CLEAPSS has provided a guide on the different kinds of eye protection available for those with differing needs.
If a risk assessment has determined a certain level of eye protection is needed for the activity, the activity can only be carried out if the individual adheres to this. CLEAPSS defines the two types of personal protective equipment (PPE) as:
- ‘Eye protection’ – safety spectacles to EN166 F are suitable; and
- ‘Splash-proof goggles’ – goggles to EN166 3 (protection from droplets and splash) are required.
In some cases, wearers of prescription glasses find they are able to fit safety eyewear over the top of them. However, often it is difficult for the user to be both comfortable and work safely, and prescription eye protection may be needed.
In these instances, it is the employer’s duty to supply personal protective equipment and pay for a basic version of the appropriate type of spectacles. However, the user may have to cover any additional costs, such as for special designs and features.
Where to Buy?
These prescription glasses are easy to purchase from high-street and private opticians (the school science catalogue has examples). Typically, lenses might be provided separately so that they can be clipped onto or inside the safety eyewear.
When purchasing, it is important to ensure that you are ordering eyewear to the correct standard. A Declaration of Conformity should be issued along with the purchase that states they have been tested to the correct standard.
For more information see GL061 Eye protection for use in science: buying guide or GL342 Eye and face protection in D&T, Food and Art.
CLEAPSS has suggested that users with more complex needs should contact their Helpline for further guidance.
What is CLEAPSS?
CLEAPSS, or Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services, is an advisory service providing support in science and technology for local authorities and their schools.
- Information for science teachers and technicians on all aspects of secondary science, including Bulletins, HazCards, Practical Procedures etc.
- Information for primary teachers of science, technology, art and design, including teaching ideas, doing things safely, primary competition and leadership guidance.
- Information for teachers and managers of resistant materials, textiles, food, art and design and construction. Includes project ideas, model risk assessments, FutureMinds newsletter and management guidance.
Handsam highly recommends schools and academies to get a membership with CLEAPSS as the specialised information and resources they provide is extremely valuable, especially for the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors.