90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear. Here are 10 ways employers can help prevent eye injuries:
1. Inspect all work areas for hazards to the eyes.
2. Provide vision testing during routine employee physical exams. Uncorrected vision problems
can cause accidents.
3. Provide the proper protective eyewear as required by the Occupational Safety & Health
Administration (OSHA) that meets the current American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
standards for the potential hazards in your workplace.
4. Proper fitting eyewear is essential to employee compliance. Have eyewear fit by an eye care
5. Plan for an emergency by setting up first-aid procedures for eye injuries. Provide eyewash
stations that are easily accessible by employees.
6. Conduct educational programs to reinforce the need for protective eyewear and add eye
safety to your employee wellness, training education and new employee orientation programs.
7. Practice safety by setting an example. Management should show their support by
complying with the company’s eye safety program by wearing their protective eyewear
whenever and whenever needed.
8. Regular reviews and updates of your company’s accident prevention policies to reinforce
your goal of NO eye injuries or accidents at work.
9. Put your eye safety program in writing and display a copy of the policy in work and
10. Eye injuries at home and during sports activities are increasing every year. Educate
your employees of the danger of eye injuries away from the job and encourage the use of
ANSI-approved protective eyewear for use during projects and activities at home and at play
that may present a risk of eye injury.
Employers can now bring safety eyewear and mobile optometry services on-site directly to their industrial and manufacturing company work site locations throughout Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas. Eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc. has unveiled its all-new WorkSight™ line for 2016 making it easy to combine eye protection safety at work and play.