Person wearing safety goggles.

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced the world to the concept of PPE: personal protective equipment. In the face of a fast-spreading virus, PPE has become essential for many medical personnel. But for some workers — those working at chemical factories, for instance — protection is a part of the job at all times. And whether those workers are trying to protect against infectious agents or toxic chemicals, a perfect fit is crucial to safety. Each year, thousands of American workers are blinded in workplace injuries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and more than 2,000 workers injure their eyes at work each day, according to the advocacy group Prevent Blindness. Ninety percent of those injuries could have been avoided if the worker was wearing proper safety eyewear, the group noted.

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