Making the Most of Eye Injury Prevention Month
According to Prevent Blindness America, almost 90% of eye injuries could have been prevented by wearing the appropriate eye protection while on the job.
October is Eye Injury Prevention Month. This annual campaign is intended to educate organizations and individuals on the importance of eye safety. There are many steps employees like you can take to avoid eye injuries in the workplace. Here’s an outline of common causes of eye injuries and key prevention measures.
Top Causes of Eye Injuries
While every workplace is different, eye injuries typically stem from the following hazards:
- Flying objects
- Dust, debris or other particles
- Chemical splashes
- Harmful radiation
Eye Injury Prevention Tips
Consider these tips to prevent eye injuries at work:
- Select safety glasses or goggles that are appropriate for the job and your facial features. Glasses should rest firmly on the top of your nose and close to, not against, your face.
- Utilize glasses or goggles that are properly ventilated for the work you are performing. Unless you are working near splash hazards, use goggles with plenty of side ventilation to prevent fogging.
- Avoid fogging concerns. If your glasses or goggles fog easily, try another model with more ventilation or coat them with an anti-fog liquid.
- Keep safety goggles and glasses clean. Scratches and dirt can reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents.
- Wear goggles designed to fit over your glasses or use safety glasses made with your prescription (if applicable).
If you have any further questions about eye injury prevention on the job, contact your supervisor.