17 Oct, 2014
Damage to the eye can be avoided by suitable design and engineering controls, following well-established safe working procedures and wearing suitable eye protection.
There are staggering figures that drive home the importance of protecting the eyes of workers via personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses; goggles; hybrid eye safety products, which combine the comfort of glasses with the side protection of goggles; face shields; full-face respirators; and helmets.
The majority of workplace eye injuries are caused by small particles or objects (such as metal slivers, wood chips or dust) striking or grazing the eye. Most result from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye, often with objects smaller than a pinhead being the cause of the injury.
Blunt force traumas caused by objects striking the eyes or face or from a worker running into an object are another threat, as are chemical burns from splashes of industrial chemicals or cleaning products.
Occupations and Eye Injuries
Eye protection should be integrated with other PPE to achieve head-to-toe protection. It also should be fit to the individual worker or be adjustable so it can provide sufficient coverage. A very high percentage of the injuries to workers wearing eye protection result from objects or chemicals going around or under the protective device. Protective eyewear also should be comfortable and allow for sufficient peripheral vision.
Minor Injuries, Long-Term Problems
With a statistic as compelling as this, it makes both common and economic sense to do everything possible to make sure workers have the right PPE to protect their eyes on the job. With such a wide array of comfortable and stylish products on the market today, there is really no excuse for workers not to wear protective eyewear.