The sandblasting abrasives are designed with sharp edges - a clue
that if you get any of the dust or abrasive in your eyes, don’t
rub them! Rinse them gently with water or approved eye wash. Scratched
glasses can be replaced - scratched or damaged eyes aren't’t
so easy to fix and a lot less pleasant to live with.
Remembering that the dust can also scratch, be careful of jewelry
and watches, brush them off gently or rinse them before aggressively
cleaning them off.
If working outside, I would recommend a full hood that fits down
over your shoulders. You will probably be fine under it as the wind
will carry away most of the dust, but a respirator never hurts.
Don’t forget the sound levels that you might be working around
when it comes to protection as well. The noise of the vacuum system
or the running of the air compressor can also be dangerous. The
protection that I wear every time I blast is a good pair of insulated
The key here is to enjoy yourself while you work with glass. Remember
it’s not just the sharp fragments of glass while you are cutting
it or picking up the pieces of your last project you just dropped
on the floor - it’s the dust and noise that can do damage
over time that is more likely to do you harm.