Eye Injuries at Work

Released On 9th Dec 2021

According to Health Screen UK, approximately 90% of workplace injuries could have been prevented by wearing appropriate protective equipment

Preventing Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye injuries can result in severe health issues that may considerably affect a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are many steps employees like you can take to avoid eye injuries in the workplace. Here’s an outline of common causes of eye injuries and key prevention measures.  

Top Causes of Eye Injuries

While every workplace is different, eye injuries typically stem from the following hazards:

  • Flying objects
  • Dust, debris or other particles
  • Chemical splashes
  • Harmful radiation

Eye Injury Prevention Tips

Consider these tips to prevent eye injuries at work:

  • Select safety glasses or goggles that are appropriate for your task and facial features. Glasses should rest firmly on the top of your nose and close to, not against, your face.
  • Utilise glasses or goggles that are properly ventilated for the work you are performing. Unless you are working near splash hazards, use goggles with plenty of side ventilation to prevent fogging.
  • Avoid fogging concerns. If your glasses or goggles fog easily, try another model with more ventilation or coat them with an anti-fog liquid.
  • Keep safety goggles and glasses clean. Scratches and dirt can reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents.
  • Wear goggles designed to fit over your glasses or use safety glasses made with your prescription (if applicable).

If you have any further questions or concerns about eye injury prevention at work, contact your manager.

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