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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), says most injuries to eyes happen when they are hit by flying particles of dust, wood chips or metal. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found 70 percent of injuries were caused by objects that were falling or flying though the air and hitting the eye. Nearly three fifths were smaller then a pinhead. This why it is vital to wear eye protection. Permanent vision loss happens when these objects, staples, nails or metal particles penetrate the eyeball. Wearing protective glasses cuts the risk by 90 percent.

Personal protective eye equipment such as safety glasses and goggles with side protection can save 300 million dollars in medical expenses, workman’s compensation and lost days at work.

Goggles with eye shields provided the best protection. Injuries can occur when nails, staples or metal penetrate the eyeball, which can result in permanent loss of vision. Industrial chemicals and or cleaning products splashing the eyeball are common. A welders flash can cause UV and thermal burns for the welder, their assistants and anybody standing in the general vicinity.

These professions are the most at risk for eye injuries:

  • Welders
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Pipe fitters
  • Carpenters
  • Mechanics

The question is, how to get these professionals to wear protective eye wear? Comfort and appearance maybe a reason for not wanting to wear protection. Making different styles and colors available to everyone could help. Making it more convenient to put and keep on could also help. Maintaining the eye equipment is a must. Keeping eye protection devices clean and scratch free help reduce glare and lessen injuries.

There is a wealth of information available to explain the importance of eye safety. They will help you understand what mandatory requirements mean for the prevention of vision loss due to work place accidents. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

There are offices in many major cities such as New York, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. There is an organization called the The National Society to Prevent Blindness. This organization is voluntary and only wants to aid in stopping the loss of sight in the work place. They can help guide you to the resources you may need to begin a prevention program. If you need an address to get those resources please write to the National Society to Prevent Blindness, 79 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016-7896.

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Implementing an eye safety program and having the proper equipment is a must for the preservation of eyesight. Think about driving a car, texting on your phone, watching your favorite TV show, watching your child grow up. All of these things would be lost forever with just one work place accident. Nothing can replace any of these experiences. Be sure to wear your protective eye wear. You will be happy you did.

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