Top 10 ways to prevent eye injuries at work
- Assess: Look carefully at plant operations. Inspect all work areas, access routes, and equipment for hazards to eyes. Study eye accident and injury reports. Identify operations and areas the present eye hazards.
- Test: Uncorrected vision problems can cause accidents. Provide vision testing during routine employee physical exams.
- Protect: Select protective eyewear that is designed for the specific duty or hazard. Protective eyewear must meet government standards.
- Participate: Create a 100% mandatory program for eye protection in all operation areas of your plant. A broad program prevents more injuries and is easier to enforce than one that limits eye protection to certain departments, areas, or jobs.
- Fit: Workers need protective eyewear that fits well and is comfortable. Have eyewear fitted by an optometrist. Provide repairs for eyewear and require each worker to be in charge of his or her own gear.
- Plan for an emergency: Set up first-aid procedures for eye injuries. Have eyewash stations that are easy to get to, especially where chemicals are used. Train workers in basic first-aid and identify those with more advanced training.
- Educate: Conduct ongoing educational programs to create, keep up, and highlight the need for protective eyewear. Add eye safety to your regular employee training programs and to new employee orientation.
- Support: Management support is key to having a successful eye safety program. Management can show their support for the program by wearing protective eyewear whenever and wherever needed.
- Review: Regularly review and update your accident prevention policies. Your goal should be zero eye injuries or accidents!
- Put it in writing: Once your safety program is created, put it in writing. Display a copy of the policy in work and employee gathering areas. Include a review of the policy in new employee orientation.
Source: Prevent Blindness America’s: 10 ways to prevent eye injuries at work. The full article can be found at www.preventblindness.org.