Eye Safety in the Workshop

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Eye safety in the workshop is very important. While your other senses are important to protect as well, your eyes are easily the most important. Being able to see what you are working on is the difference between a lifelong love of woodworking and a sudden end to an incredible hobby.

You Only Get Two Chances

eye safety in the workshop quoteYou only get two chances to lose an eye. It sounds funny but it’s the truth. The problem with eye safety and safety in general is that most people think about it after something bad happens.

The problem with this approach is that it’s reactive. When it comes to woodworking, you need to set yourself up to anticipate safety issues and act before they become real problems.

Now, you are most likely not going to be able to anticipate everything that can possibly happen in your shop. However, you can do your best to protect yourself in the case that something does go wrong.

Eye safety doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be a pleasure to wear safety glasses if you go about it correctly. Since you are going to be wearing your eye protection all the time, you need to invest in something that you will enjoy wearing.

If you are using an old pair of scratched up, cheap glasses, replace them immediately. Also, if you are still using those green tinted 6th grade science class goggles, throw them away too.

In order to get serious about eye safety, you should make an investment in your eye protection that matches the importance of having it. You do not need to spend a ton of money, but you do need to spend more than you normally would.

Spend some time looking at what is available for eye protection for your specific type of woodworking. Then, make an informed and educated purchase.
There are a few things that will happen when you buy nice eye protection. First, the product will fit well, and be much easier to wear.

This means that you will wear it more often and it will be more comfortable. Second, you will treat the equipment much better, because it will cost you more to replace. Finally, the product will be on your face more often, and that’s the key. The world’s best safety equipment can’t help you if it’s sitting in the box.

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Be safe, and invest in yourself. For more tips, check out my free PDF, 50 Woodworking Tips.

If you have any questions on Eye Safety in the Workshop, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please share my work with your friends on Pinterest! Happy building.

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