Did you know over 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day with 10-20% resulting in temporary or permanent vision loss. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month so here are our top 5 tips for preventing eye injuries in the workplace.
1. Assess & Address
Determine when and where you and your employees should be wearing protective eye wear. Typically these are instances where flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation are involved. Carefully examine work areas and equipment for potential hazards as well any previous places where injuries may have occurred. Review industry requirements for eye & face protection here.
2. Lead by Example
Whether its management or employees make sure everyone is doing their part in supporting eye safety by wearing eye protection when and where it’s needed, every time.
3. Dress for Success
Choose protective eye wear for every specific hazard or duty you and your employees will encounter. Make sure it is OSHA approved.
4. Emergency Preparedness
Accidents happen and what comes next can make all the difference. Set up first-aid procedures for eye injuries including eyewash stations and train your staff basic first aid.
5. The Write Way
Develop a mandatory eye safety policy if you haven’t already, outlining situations where protective eyewear is necessary and review it regularly with your employees. Be sure to put it in writing and display where employees can see it.