Happy Eye Health and Safety Month!
Most of us rely on our eyesight to get the job done. We use equipment, read and write important information, and keep an eye out for risks and hazards we can avoid.
Unfortunately, we are also largely at risk of eye injury.
In fact, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, each day an incredible 2,000 US workers sustain work-related eye injuries requiring medical treatment. These injuries have resulted in more than $300 million in lost time, medical expenses, and workers compensation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The risk is even higher in some industries. According to the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, more than 10,600 eye injuries each year force workers in the construction industry to miss work. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 40 percent of eye injuries occur among craft workers, like mechanics, repairers, carpenters, and plumbers.
That may sound pretty bleak, but the news isn’t all bad. The fact is that injury prevention is possible–if people practice good eye safety habits. Pproper eye protection could decrease the severity of (or even completely prevent) 90 percent of these injuries.
Boost Your Eye Safety Bottom Line
Effective personal protective equipment (PPE) is the key. To be effective, the eyewear must be appropriate for the hazard encountered, and it must be fit properly. BLS reports that goggles are more effective than face shields, but using both together offers the most protection.
The other half of the equation is educating workers about PPE. Where can they can find it? When do they need to use it? What type of PPE is best for different tasks? How should they use it for the greatest effectiveness?
It’s also important for employers to establish a schedule for inspecting PPE to ensure that it does not need repair or replacement to provide the proper protection.
Does your workplace educate, train, and equip your workers to practice good eye safety habits? If you’re not quite up to snuff, this could be the month to make some changes that could help your workers—and your bottom line!
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