We’re taking a closer look at the top OSHA/WISHA violations over the coming weeks. This week, we’re turning our attention to protective eyewear.
Did you know that every day an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces? No matter where we work, there can be dangers. Flying particles, dust, and splashes or flying objects are apt to expose us to potential eye injury. Fortunately, we can protect against these hazards by using the appropriate protective eyewear for our jobs.
The BLS reported that more than 50% of workers injured while wearing eye protection thought the eyewear had minimized their injuries. But nearly half the workers also felt that another type of protection could have better prevented or reduced the injuries they suffered. It is estimated that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear.
There are several types of eye protection and it’s important you wear the right protection for the task.
We wear safety glasses anytime we’re in the production area. Safety glasses with side shields are a good form of eye protection for general use to prevent flying debris and or objects from coming into contact with your eyes.
When we’re using compressed air or handling harmful chemicals we need to wear safety goggles. Goggles offer superior protection from small flying debris and particles as well as chemical splashes.
When grinding, changing propane or changing batteries we need to wear a face shield along with our safety glasses or goggles. This gives additional protection to our face during these types of tasks.
When welding you have the risk of harmful rays impacting your eyes from a short distance. That is why we have special tinted welding helmets. It not only protects your face from flying objects, but your eyes from the rays.