Did you know over 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day with 10-20% resulting in temporary or permanent vision loss? However experts believe the right eye protection could have lessened or prevented 90% of these injuries. As a result, PreventBlindness.org named March the Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Read our tips below to do your part in preventing workplace eye injuries this month and beyond!
- Assess & Address
Determine when and where you and your employees should be wearing protective eye wear.
For example instances that involve any of the following:
- flying particles
- molten metal
- liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquid
- chemical gases or vapors
- potentially injurious light radiation
Examine work areas and equipment for potential hazards as well any previous places where injuries may have occurred.
Whether its management or employees, make sure everyone is doing their part in supporting eye safety by wearing protection when and where it’s needed, every time. First, create or review your current safety policy then hold a meeting with your employees to discuss it. Finally, be sure to post the policy and regularly remind staff to review it.
Choose protective eye wear for every specific hazard your employees will encounter. Most importantly, make sure it is OSHA approved. Review industry requirements for facial protection here.
Accidents happen but what comes next can make all the difference. Set up first-aid procedures for eye injuries including eyewash stations then train your staff the basics of first aid.
Digital eye strain and discomfort are becoming more and more common in the workplace. Digital screens emit blue light. This blue light may affect your vision, causing premature aging to your eyes. Digital strain may seem like a mild annoyance but permanent retina damage and age-related macular degeneration should not be taken lightly. Therefore if you use a computer 6+ hours a day, take regular screen breaks and consider purchasing blue light blocking glasses.
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