While it's important to protect your eyes from the sun, it is just as important,if not more, to protect your eyes from hazards on the job. Eye safety is an important topic among construction and manufacturingworkers. Anyone engaged in activity involving the use of saws, power tools, sanders or other equipment that may release airborne particles is at risk for eye injury. Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor suggest thousands of consumers and employees suffer from eye injuries every year, many resulting from work-related injuries incurred when workers used inadequate eye or face protection. Such injuries may result in blindness and thousands of dollars in lost production time and medical expenses.
Eye injuries in the workplace typically result in up to 20% of temporary and permanent vision loss among workers. While workplace injuries are common, there are easy-to-use tools available for preventing eye injury.
The most common hazards associated with eye injuries on the job include:
Airborne particles or bits of metal, glass or wood
Tools and power equipment that elicit sparks
Radiation or UV light
Chemicals or other corrosive substances that may spray and damage vision
It is important that employees and employers understand the potential benefits of wearing adequate eye protection. Eye protection and safety glasses generally fall under the category of PPE, personal protective equipment, and generally serve to protect workers and consumers from hazards they are exposed to on the job. Each of our offices has a catalog of safety frame options to choose from. Ask your optician for details.