In any workplace, like construction sites with hazards, each employee should have eye protection. The month of March is Eye wellness month.
Each day about 2000 US workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical attention. About one-third of the injuries treated in hospital emergency department and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days away from work.
Primary causes of on-the-job eye injuries include:
Striking or Scraping: Small particles or objects striking or scraping the eye, such as dust, cement chips, metal slivers, and wood chips. Large objects may also hit the eye or face, or a worker may run into an object causing blunt-force trauma to the eyeball or eye socket.
Penetration: Objects like nails, staples, or slivers of wood or metal can go through the eyeball and result in a permanent loss of vision.
Chemical Thermal Burns: Industrial chemicals or cleaning products are common causes of chemical burns to one or both eyes. Thermal injuries to the eye also occur, often among welders.
We can provide you with a quick reference on how eye injuries impact the workplace by clicking here
Engineering controls and comprehensive hazard assessments are crucial to helping workers avoid eye injuries and diseases. Safety training is a big part of the picture as well, and Summit’s library of over 300 safety topics contains some courses to offer during Workplace Eye Wellness Month or any time of the year.
Eye Safety: No Second Chances
Complies with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132
By using scenes from a variety of job sites and scenarios, this course helps your workers develop respect for eye protection and an understanding of the lifelong consequences of not using adequate eye protection.
Eye protection is in all of our First Aid course training and our OSHA eye protection course. If would like more information, you can start with your eye protection training throughout Basic First aid course.