Workplace Eye Safety Means Business
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March is Workplace Eye Safety Month. That seems oddly specific, but according to Prevent Blindness America, more than 2,000 eye injuries occur each day while people are at work. Of these injuries, 10 percent resulted in missed work days, and of those injuries, 10 to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent blindness.
Workplace eye injuries harm both employees and companies. Luckily, it’s easily preventable. Almost 90 percent of these injuries could have been prevented by wearing the appropriate eye protection while on the job.
Protection Against Eye Injuries
To protect the eyes of your employees from injuries while at work, consider the following recommendations:
- Identify and eliminate the dangers in your workplace before your employees begin their tasks for the day.
- Provide safety glasses or goggles that are appropriate for their jobs and facial features. Glasses should rest firmly on the top of noses and close to, not against, the face.
- Ensure that glasses or goggles are properly ventilated for the work being performed.
- If goggles fog easily, provide another model with more ventilation or coat them with an anti-fog liquid.
- Follow up to see if safety goggles and glasses are clean. Scratches and dirt can reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents.
- If your employees wear prescription glasses, ensure they wear goggles designed to fit over their glasses or use safety glasses made with their prescription.
It’s crucial you share these tips with your property managers and maintenance employees. Additionally, it’s never a bad idea to ensure your contractors also follow the same standards. March is only one month, but you can help set standards for a lifetime of eye safety.
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