Eye injuries of all types occur at a rate of more than 2,000 per day. In particular, an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that almost 70% of the eye injuries studied occur from falling or flying objects, or sparks striking the eye.
Given the importance of eyesight, eye protection should always be a top priority in any workplace. One thing to remember is that preventing eye injuries is not complicated.
- ASSESS your facility to identify hazardous areas and provide the proper eye safety equipment.
- PLAN for emergencies by making sure eyewash and first aid stations are easily accessible and identifiable.
- PROTECT your eyes with approved safety eye equipment for your specific job hazard.
- FIT eyewear to your face by consulting with an eye care professional.
- EDUCATE on hazards and proper safety practices by having proper training programs in place.
- REVIEW your facility’s accident prevention policies and procedures with employees on a regular basis.
- TEST your vision during routine physical exams to help prevent accidents due to uncorrected vision problems.
As the old saying goes: “Prevention is better than a cure.” This applies to eye injuries too. These are easy tips to remember and they can dramatically decrease eye injuries in your workplace.