It only takes a sliver of metal, particle of dust or a splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent eye damage, and there are more than 700,000 work-related eye injuries every year. Eye wellness is important all year round, and it’s a good reminder every March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to revisit eye protection in the workplace.
Here are some injury prevention tips to keep your employees’ eyes safe and healthy when it comes to the workplace:
• Make eye safety a part of your employee training and new hire orientation
• Conduct regular vision testing, as uncorrected vision does cause accidents
• Establish a mandatory eye protection program in all operation areas
• Do regular inspections of plant operations, work areas, access routes and equipment, and study injury patterns to see where accidents are occurring – and take steps to mitigate those accidents
• Select protective eyewear based on specific duties or hazards – and make sure managers and executives are setting the example by wearing them wherever it’s supposed to be worn by employees
• Establish first-aid protocol and procedures for eye injuries – making sure you have eyewash stations available, especially where chemicals are in use
OSHA’s eye and face protections standard states “the employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.” Workplace Safety is here to help you keep your employees safe, so contact us with any questions or needs – 317-253-9737. We look forward to serving you.