Eye Safety in the Workplace

The American Safety and Health Institute stresses the importance of a healthy, accident-free work environment. This gives you peace of mind and helps you concentrate on your work more. But studies indicate that many people get eye injuries in the workplace. Keeping your eyes safe in your workplace may take extra effort, but it is worth it. Here are the details to know to improve your eye safety in the workplace.


 

Possible Workplace Hazards



March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Being aware of the workplace can help prevent even the most minor eye injuries. Each work environment is different. If you work in a company that is quite risky, you should see to it that you keep yourself safe from possible dangers. Here are the potential causes of eye injuries that may be present in your workplace:

 

  • Radiation
     

  • Projectiles
     

  • Blood-borne pathogens
     

  • Chemicals


You must know your workplace very well. Make sure you use work screens or machine guards to remove the possible hazards of your work. Choose your eye protection well. Durable eye protection is necessary for having a smooth and safe workplace.


 

Protecting Your Eyes



If your eyes will be at risk for injuries, it is essential to protect them at all times. It always pays to be well prepared for your work day. Part of your preparation is to choose the right kind of eye protection. Your eye protection will depend on your activity. Here are the different types of eye protection that you can use in your workplace:

 

  • Prescription and nonprescription safety glasses may appear to be typical accessories. But these glasses can provide your eyes with additional protection. These glasses have stronger frames and lenses than regular eyeglasses. It is ideal for wearing in the workplace. Be sure to get safety glasses that have the approval of the ANSI (American National Standards Institute).
     

  • Goggles can protect your eyes from chemical splashes, impact, and dust. These glasses are resistant to impact because they are made from polycarbonate material. This is the highest degree of protection that you can get. In addition, you can wear your goggles over your regular eyeglasses or contact lenses.
     

  • Some goggles or helmets have special filters. They protect your eyes when you work with lasers or engage in welding.
     

  • Full-face shields are ideal if you are exposed to blood-borne pathogens, chemicals, or heat. Helmets can protect your eyes from molten materials. You can use these protective materials with your goggles or safety glasses. Doing so can give your eyes enough protection, even if you remove your face shield or helmet.


Always maintain your eye protection devices. Dirty or scratched devices may contribute to accidents and reduce vision. Keep backup devices in your desk or locker. That way, you can protect your eyes all the time.



Maintaining eye safety in your workplace can help you perform better and stay happier. At Studio Optix, we help our patients maintain their eye health, especially in their workplaces. Please visit our clinic in New York, New York, for an in-person consultation. Call 212-765-4444 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our eye protection devices.
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