Proper eye protection is essential for preventing eye injuries in the workplace. According to the American Optometric Association,
“Common eye injuries occurring at work can result from chemicals or foreign objects in the eye and cuts or scrapes on the cornea. Other causes of injuries include splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure, and flying wood or metal chips.”
A Bureau of Labor Statistics survey discovered that 3 out of 5 workers who suffered eye injuries while at a work site were not wearing proper eye protection. Many times this was due to the fact that the workers did not realize that there was a need to protect their eyes.
Some types of work that can lead to eye injuries according to OSHA include (but are not limited to): chopping wood, grinding, sanding, riveting, working close to extreme heat, chemicals, dust or optical radiation.
According to the American Optometric Association, the type of eye protection you wear depends on your job type:
“If you are working in an area that has particles, flying objects, or dust, you must at least wear safety glasses with side protection (side shields)If you are working with chemicals, you must wear goggles. If you are working near hazardous radiation (welding, lasers, or fiber optics) you must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed for that task.”
Protecting something as important as vision, is not difficult when the proper equipment is used whenever there is a potentially hazardous situation.