5 Eye Safety Tips
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Flying or falling objects, power tools, industrial chemicals – using or working around them without eye protection or with the wrong type of eye protection – can cost employees their eyesight and employers millions of dollars a year. Help prevent losses by following these tips.
1 Assess the situation
Review incident and injury reports and inspect work areas, routes, operations, and equipment to identify risks to eyes from impact, heat, chemicals, dust, glare, or optical radiation.
2 Plan ahead
Prepare for emergencies by placing eyewash stations where they are easily accessible. Set up first-aid procedures and train employees to follow them.
3 Protect people
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards require employers to provide protective eyewear - such as goggles, face shields, or both worn together - that are suited to a duty or hazard.
4 Corrective lenses
Provide eye protection that incorporates vision correction into its design or that can be worn over prescription lenses.
5 Ensure a good fit
Have safety eyewear professionally fitted to employees so it is effective and comfortable. Eye protection should keep objects and chemicals from going around or under it, but should also allow air to circulate between the eye and lenses.
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Last updated: 04/14/2017