injuries at work

Eye injuries at work are common. Luckily, 90 percent of all workplace eye injuries are preventable with the use of proper safety eyewear.

  • Unprotected workers will not knowingly be subjected to environmental hazards.
  • Protective eyewear is required whenever there is a reasonable probability eye injury may occur.
  • Employers must provide the type of eye protection best suited to the task to be performed. Employees are required to use the eye protectors provided.

A written eye safety program should be implemented in the workplace to help prevent workplace eye injuries.

Employers should consider these tips in developing their safety plan:

  • Determine potential of eye injury for the tasks performed.
  • Decide how best to protect against the injury, e.g., dark lenses for welding, face-shield for flying objects, tight seal for chemical spills, etc.
  • Identify the visual needs of the job, e.g., magnification, dark lenses, etc.
  • Post rules requiring when and how eye protection should be used.
  • Provide adequate supplies of eye protection and have them readily available at the work site.
  • Instruct employees on appropriate treatment if injury should occur.
  • Require vision screening for new employees to determine any eye disease.

fireworks (knockout)

Fireworks rupture the eyeball, burn the eye and face, cut eyelids, and cause corneal abrasions in approximately thousands people every year. One quarter of these eye injuries result in permanent loss of vision or blindness

At a public fireworks display, follow these safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Leave the lighting of fireworks to trained professionals—not only is it safer, it is also cheaper and more spectacular.
  • Most importantly, never let your child play with fireworks. Ever!
  • If a fireworks injury to the eye does occur, do not touch the eye. Get medical attention immediately.
  • Celebrate safely!
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