Author: Tyson Cremeens | Digital Marketing Manager | East Dubuque, IL
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month.
Workplace safety is nothing to blink at. Over 700,000 work-related eye injuries occur every year. Avoid being one of them by giving your eye protection program the focus it requires.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace eye injuries cost more than $300 million per year in production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees. Eye and face protection must be provided when necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.
Consider these 10 eye safety tips to keep you and your employees safe and healthy:
- Select proper eye protection for the job based on the hazards.
- Keep your eye protection on when brushing or shaking dust and debris from your hair, forehead, or hard hat.
- Make sure your eye protection fits properly. A secure fit ensures your eyewear won't slip off or be uncomfortable, making you want to take it off.
- Make sure your eye protection is certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as ANSI Z87. It's required by OSHA. Avoid other top 10 OSHA violations.
- Prominently display a copy of your policy where employees can see it.
- If accidental exposure does occur with chemical hazards, the first 10 - 15 seconds are the most critical. Emergency eyewash stations provide the ability to wash away any hazardous substances you may have been exposed to.
- If you get something in your eye, don't rub it. You may push the debris in further. Rather, hold your eye open and flush it with water.
- If you cut or puncture your eye, do not flush it out with water; seek immediate medical attention.
- Have eye exams regularly to ensure vision correction is not needed. This will also detect unseen problems early on.
- Make sure employees are informed on eye safety by making it part of their standard safety training.
To learn more, consult the OSHA website for eye safety information, standards, and further solutions.
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Article Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Occupational Health Center, Safety BLR.
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