Eye injury prevention is the key to companies staying OSHA compliant, lowering workmen's compensation claims and increasing worker's productivity. The personal and economic toll of work place eye injuries is alarming. According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) an estimated 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries on the job every day. These injuries cost more than $924 million annually in worker’s compensation, and nearly $4 billion in wage and productivity losses according to the Bureau of labor Statistics (BLS). The personal toll suffered due to these eye injuries is unmeasurable in dollar figures.
“Yet 90 percent of all workplace eye injuries are preventable with the use of proper eyewear and safety measures” according to Daniel Garrett a spokesperson for Prevent Blindness America (PBA).
Having proper safety eye wear available for all employees at manufacturing facilities, oil and gas companies, construction sites, municipalities, local law enforcement agencies and fire departments is the key to prevention.
What causes work place eye injuries?
-Flying particles such as such as bits metal, glass, falling objects or sparks striking the eye.
-Contact with chemicals.
-Objects swinging from a fixed position, like tools, chains, tree limbs or ropes.
-Many tools such as grinders, buffers, saws, drills, sanders and others present a danger to eyes when precaution such as safety eyewear is not taken.
What contributes to eye injuries at work?
-Not wearing eye protection
-Wearing the wrong kind of eye protection
-Noncompliance by employees due to poorly fitting or uncomfortable eye protection
How can eye injuries be prevented? Workers should always wear effective eye protection of the appropriate type for the hazard encountered and properly fitted to insure employee compliance.
The most important thing you can do to protect your employee’s vision at work is provide appropriate protective eyewear. All safety eyewear should comply with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z87.1) with the Z87 mark on the frames and lenses.
Providing your employees with the proper eye protection is not only prudent Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards require that employers provide workers with suitable eye protection “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards”.
OSHA requirements for employers:
“The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gasses or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation“ OSHA 1910.133(a)(1).
“The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects. Detachable side protectors (eg. Clip-on or slide-on side shields)” OSHA 1910.133(a)(2).
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