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Prevent Eye Injuries At Work

According to the foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye Care America, there are more than million people in America suffer eye injuries in a year. Isn't it true that prevention is always better than cure? Read this article fully to understand how one can prevent eye injuries at work.

Know the eye safety dangers at work:

Check whether your job is prone to cause any eye injuries. There could be dust particles, sparks or flying fragments that can get into your eyes within few seconds if you are working in a construction sites or similar places. If your work involves handling chemical products you need to give extra care since chemical spills, splashes or smoke can harm your eyes quickly. You need to be extremely cautious if your work involves fire works or related materials.

How to choose a safety eyewear to prevent eye injuries at work place:

Wearing an appropriate safety eyewear is very important in any work place to prevent eye injuries. Studies also show that thousands of eye injuries happen at work place because of not using an eye protection glasses. Wearing an inappropriate safety eye wear can also cause eye injuries. United States department of Labour's occupational safety and health administration has given the most important information related to wearing a safety eyewear at the work place.

Go through the below information to understand how to buy a safety eyewear.

-You need to see whether the protective glass or eyewear has ANSI Z87.1 marked or stamped on it. ANSI Z87.1 is the safety standard certificate given by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

-Do not rely on contact lenses for protecting your eyes from injuries at work place. People involved in the sports activities are required to use additional protection if they are using contact lenses.

-Primary protectors such as spectacles or Goggles and the secondary protectors like face shields should be worn in an appropriate size so that your eyes are protected from all sides.

To prevent eye injuries from flying particles and dust:

-Curved or plain Plano lenses can be used if you do not require any vision correction. In case of vision correction you must use an eyewear as prescribed by the physician.

-Frames can be chosen with Cable, Spatula or head bend temples and bridges either in metal or plastic.

- An attached or a removable side shields can be worn to give your eyes an angular protection.

To prevent eyes from fire injuries:

-Wearing an eyewear becomes useless if it is open in side angles. Flying particles or fire sparks can attack your eyes from any angle.

-Tinted glasses can be used if you are working in a brighter or outdoor environment.

-Filter lenses or special purpose lenses such as photochromic or prescription lenses can prevent your eyes away from heat injuries.

To prevent eyes from chemical injuries:

-Eyecup safety goggles prevent your eyes well from chemical injuries by forming a protective sealant around your eyes. Are you using a vision correction spectacles?In such cases, you can protect your eyes with a cover safety goggles.

-Direct or indirect ventilated goggles prevent fogging by circulating air properly and resist large particles from attacking your eyes.

-Non ventilated goggles can be used if you want to prevent an eye injury due to splashes

Data from the U.S. consumer product safety commission shows that there are approximately 1, 300 eye injuries reported due to fireworks related issues every year. Preventive methods can be done only when you understand the dangers that can occur to your eyes at the workplace. Wherever possible eliminate hazards before starting your work.

Sources:

Work Place Safety Prevent Blindness Eye Injuries nlm.nih.gov Be Safe and Prevent Eye Injury Eye Care America Selecting PPE for the Workplace Osha Facts About Fireworks Injuries Prevent Blindness America

By Suba Lakshminarasimhan - Suba is a HR consultant, Finance Analyst (5+work experience in IT, Telecom and Non profit areas). Suba is a professional writer into freelance writing (resume, web content, SEO articles on multiple subjects an...  





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