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Protect Your Eyes on the Job!

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Eye injuries on the job is not something to take lightly! Injuries to your eyes can have lasting consequences, and result in lost work time. Eye injuries can occur as a result of small particles or objects such as metal shavings, dust and other debris that strike or penetrate the eye when ejected from tools or machines, wind-blown or dropped from above. Touching the eyes with fingers or materials contaminated by chemicals, bacteria and other contaminants can also cause injury.

Preventing these injuries can be as easy as wearing appropriate eye protection. For the most effective protection, workers must not only wear protection, but the correct type of protection. OSHA eyewear requirements can be found here.

Here are some tips to avoiding eye injuries on the job:

1.Create a safe work environment

  • Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris
  • Make sure that tools work and safety features (machine guards) are in place
  • Make sure that workers know how to use tools properly
  • Keep bystanders out of the hazard area

2.Evaluate safety hazards

  • Identify the primary hazards at the site
  • Identify hazards posed by nearby workers, large machinery, and falling/shifting debris

3.Wear the proper eye and face protection

  • Select the appropriate protection for the hazard
  • Make sure the eye protection is in good condition
  • Make sure the eye protection fits properly and will stay in place

4.Use good work practices

  • Caution – Brush, shake or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead, or the top of the eye protection before removing the protection
  • Do not rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing
  • Clean eyewear regularly

5.Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs

  • Have an eye wash or sterile solution on hand


Post Date: 2/22/2018

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