July is officially recognized in the United States as Eye Injury Prevention Month.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that almost 70% of the eye injuries that occur at work are due to falling or flying objects, or sparks striking the eye. Of those that reported eye injuries, approximately 60% of them were either not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or they had the wrong kind of eye protection.
Here are 10 simple steps you can take to help prevent eye injuries in your workplace:
Look carefully at your work space. Inspect all work areas, access routes, and equipment for hazards to eyes. Identify operations and areas that present eye hazards.
Uncorrected vision problems can cause accidents. IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN EYE EXAM ANNUALLY, even if you think your vision is strong. To set up an eye exam with one of our optometrists, click here.
Select protective eyewear that is designed for the specific duty or hazards presented in your workplace. Protective eyewear should meet the current standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and later revisions.
If your workplace has an eye protection program, be sure to participate. Eye protection programs prevent more injuries and can help you understand protocol in case of an eye injury.
Make sure your eyewear fits well and is comfortable to wear. Have your eyewear fitted at Metro Eye if you do not have an on-site eye care professional. If your eyewear needs repair or an adjustment, you can bring it in to one of our optical stylists.
6. PLAN FOR AN EMERGENCY!
No one knows when an eye injury is going to happen. Be prepared by knowing basic first-aid procedures for eye injuries. Know where the eyewash stations are in your facility, especially if there’s a high likelihood of chemicals being involved in the incident.
If your workplace requires many employees to wear protective eye wear, host ongoing educational programs, including eye safety training, to create and reinforce the need for protective eyewear.
All members of your team, including management, should be role models for each other regarding protective eyewear. Be sure to wear yours whenever and wherever necessary.
Review and update your eye injury prevention policies regularly.
10. PUT IT IN WRITING
Display a copy of your eye injury prevention policy where everyone in the building has access to it. The goal is to have NO eye injuries!
For more on how Metro Eye can help your business obtain and maintain protective eyewear, give us a call: 414-765-2344.
This eye injury prevention list was sourced from by the TDI, DWC.