Eye Safety for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

After the structural collapse of a large building, emergency responders and support personnel are often exposed to hazardous agents and conditions. These workers are at high risk of injury and illness at such a site. Information about common eye hazards and injuries, protective eyewear recommendations, and first aid information is included on this page. All safety eyewear should comply with the American National Standards Institute Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices Standard Z87.1.


First Aid advice provided courtesy of Prevent Blindness America.®

Safety eye protection photos provided courtesy of Paul Vinger, Tufts Medical School.

Note: The examples shown are for illustration purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Page last reviewed: July 29, 2013