Eye injuries at work are all too common. OSHA reports that more than 2,000 people in the United States suffer from job-related injuries per day. Employers must be aware of the seriousness of eye safety on the job and take steps to protect their employees.
Reasons why eye injuries are prevalent in the workplace
Some workplaces have many potential hazards that can harm your eyes. Everyday items such as wood chips, dust and chemical splashes can get in your eyes and causes serious damage. In addition to these materials, impact from tools or machines could also cause serious harm.
On top of that, many people don’t use protective eyewear or misuse them when working with these materials, exposing them to the risk of injury. Employers and employees must follow guidelines for every type of setting. If your employer doesn’t provide the necessary safety equipment or doesn’t provide training, they could be liable for any resulting injuries.
How to protect eyes in the workplace
The first step is ensuring that all employees understand their rights and responsibilities regarding eye safety on the job. Employers should provide adequate training so that workers know what gear they need and how to use it properly.
All employees should wear protective eyewear while working with hazardous materials or operating machinery. Protective eyewear should meet ANSI standards, fit comfortably and show no sign of damage or debris buildup.
Employers should also ensure that workplace conditions are safe by keeping work areas clean and orderly, removing potential hazards as soon as possible, and being aware of any environmental changes that could cause eye injury.
What to do when injured
The first step is to stop working and assess the injury. If necessary, seek medical attention immediately. After treating the injury, document all details of the incident, including witnesses or other relevant information. You will need all this data when filing for workers’ compensation.
Companies that invest in safety and follow the necessary protocols can ensure their employees are safe on the job. Protecting yourself is not just your employer’s responsibility; you also need to remember to use the equipment provided and take all necessary precautions.