Eye Safety in the Workplace
According to the CDC, approximately 2,000 US workers per day suffer an eye-related injury. Over 600 of these require an emergency room visit, and about 100 result in a day or more of missed work. It's a staggering statistic, made especially more jarring when you consider how vital vision is in absolutely any industry. There are many things you can do in the workplace to improve eye safety, not the least of which is stock plenty of safety glasses.
Eye injury can be the result of something large like a falling beam or protruding corner, something very small like slivers or sawdust, or something else like chemicals, thermal burns, or radiation flashes from equipment. Here are some of the things the CDC recommends for proper workplace eye protection:
- Identify and minimize hazards from falling or flying debris, nearby workers, and machinery
- Ensure that all required and recommended safety mechanism and checks are in place
- Make sure that any and all workers are properly trained for their job and their equipment
- Choose high-quality safety glasses and make sure they are in good condition and readily available
- Caution workers not to remove their safety glasses or to rub their eyes when on the job
- Maintain all equipment according to industry standards, included eyewear
One of our most popular forms of jobsite eye protection are the Crews® Checklite® Scratch-Resistant Safety Glasses. These lightweight glasses ditch the look that employees probably expect in favor of a stylish, aerodynamic frame that mimics the look of some designer shades. With Duramass® scratch-proof lens coating, fog-proof lens coating, and a comfortable flexing temple design, these glasses are ideal for a wide variety of workplaces and workers. They also block 99.9% of UV rays, so you're not just protecting from immediate danger, but from long-term damage, too. At only $1.01 a pair, glasses like these are something you can't afford not to provide.
While glasses like the Checklite® are essential, there's more to eye safety than equipment. It takes knowledge, experience, and adherence to all industry standards to keep your team as safe as they should be. Be sure to follow protocol on all things related to workplace safety - you'll be glad you did.