Approximately 2000 workers experience a work-related eye injury that requires medical attention each day in the United States. Of these injuries, one-third are treated in an emergency facility and more than 100 injuries result in the employee being off work for more than one day.
The majority of eye injury incidents are the result of small particles or objects coming into contact with or rubbing against the eye. Examples of items that could cause eye injuries in the workplace are metal shavings, wood particles, and chemicals. However, other eye injuries occur due to larger objects or due to workplace environmental factors such as radiation or welding flash.
With looming hazards like the ones above, it is important for employees to follow a standard list of eye safety guidelines. All eye safety guidelines should mirror the same premise as the list below.
- Ensure a safe work environment free of potential debris, and ensure all safety tools are in place.
- Be aware of potential hazards and educate those within the work area, including guests, of potential hazards.
- Wear proper eye and face protection that is in good condition and up to safety standards.
- Use good work practices by keeping your work area clean. Avoid rubbing your eyes and clean your hands and eyewear regularly.
- Prepare for eminent eye injury situations with first aid kits and readily available eye wash stations.
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