Can you imagine a world where you cannot see? Close your eyes and imagine what it would be like. Life for you and your family would be very different without your eyesight.
Studies have shown that 90 percent of all workplace eye injuries can be prevented if the proper eye protection is worn; however, there are still too many workplace accidents involving eye injuries because workers are:
- Not wearing eye protection; or
- Wearing the wrong kind of protection for the job.
There are many potential eye hazards in industrial and construction work environments, including:
- Projectiles – dust, concrete, sparks, molten metal, hot liquid splashes, as well as wood and other particles – sometimes from rotating or running machinery and hand tools
- Chemicals, oils, grease, hydraulic fluids, fuels – splashes and vapors/mists, fumes
- Radiation – especially visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation, lasers
- Blood borne pathogens – hepatitis or HIV from blood and body fluids
How can you protect your eyes from injury?
- Understand the eye safety dangers in your work.
- Eliminate hazards before starting work by using machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls.
- Wear safety glasses at all times in operational areas and designated areas.
- Keep your eye protection in good condition and have it replaced if it becomes damaged or badly scratched.
- Speak up when you see a co-worker not wearing eye protection and bring them the proper protection for the work.
In addition to safety glasses, there are many other types of eye protection that may be required at your workplace such as face shields, visors, goggles, welding helmets, etc. Please take the time to check what eye protection you need in your workplace and then make sure it is well maintained and fits properly.