Eye Protection for COVID-19

The Eyes are a Gateway for COVID-19: Safety Eyewear Can Help by Mary Padron

The article warns that direct vented goggles can allow aerosols to enter. Indirectly vented ones are better, and non-vented ones are best.

https://www.nvfc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/PPE-and-decon-recommnedations-for-COVID-19-detailed.pdf adds “Goggles that are marked to either the “D3” or “D5” requirements of ANSI Z87.1 offer primary eye protection and are recommended for ocular protection and liquid splashes and bioaerosols. “

D3 is chemical splash resistant. Good chemical safety goggles should have this rating. D4 is for dust and D5 is for fine dust. The reference shown above recommends D3 or D5 but not D4.

(Does not constitute engineering or OH&S advice.)

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