With the proper use of protective eyewear, up to 90 pe rcent of these injuries can be prevented.
Common causes of workplace eye injuries include:
- Impact: Flying particles or falling objects — such as plastic bits or metal flakes — hit your eye, resulting in a puncture, scratch or bruise.
- Dust: A dusty job task, such as sanding woodwork or buffing a floor, causes dust and grit to fly into your eye, resulting in irritation or scratches. Dust and grit may be especially hazardous to people who wear contact lenses.
- Chemicals: Direct contact of chemicals in your eye can result in serious damage, such as a burn to the surface of your eye. Liquid chemicals can splash into your eyes, but you can also become injured from harmful chemical vapors, mists or fumes.
- Heat: Being exposed to high temperatures, molten metal or hot sparks poses a potential burn hazard to your eyes.
- Optical radiation: Unprotected exposure to the intense light of a welding torch, a laser or any other such device can result in retinal burns, cataracts and permanent loss of vision.
What type of protective eyewear should you use to prevent injuries that can happen on the job?
- Impact injury: Safety glasses or safety goggles, face shield
- Dust irritation: Safety goggles
- Chemical exposure: Safety goggles, face shield
- Heat damage: Safety glasses, safety goggles, face shield
- Optical radiation: Specially filtered goggles or helmet
Source: The Mayo Clinic: Tools for Healthier Lives. The complete article can be found at www.mayoclinic.com.