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Eye Protection Safety

industrial worker wearing safety glasses

Keep your sights on protecting your employees' vision.

Every day about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of these injuries result from small particles - slivers, wood chips, dust, etc. – striking the eye.

Make sure your employees are properly focused on eye safety by following these guidelines from the CDC.

Create a safe work environment

  • Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
  • Make sure all tools work and safety features are in place.
  • Ensure that workers know how to use tools properly.
  • Keep bystanders out of hazard areas.

Evaluate safety hazards

  • Identify all primary hazards at a work site.
  • Identify hazards posed by nearby workers, large machinery, and falling or shifting debris.

Wear proper eye and face protection

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

Use good work practices

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

Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs

  • Always keep eye wash or sterile solution on hand
  • Have an emergency plan and make sure all employees know its steps.

Keeping your eyes open to potential dangers helps protect employees and profits alike.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner's duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.

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