How You Can Better Protect Your Eyes in the Workplace
Unfortunately, eye injuries that occur in the workplace are very common in the United States. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, approximately 2,000 eye injuries are sustained on the job each day. Of these, 90 percent can be avoided or improved with simple safety measures. If your occupation puts your eyes in danger through contact with grease, oil, chemicals, foreign objects, or other dangers, read on to learn some helpful ways to protect your eyes from harm.
- Evaluate your workplace for dangers
Carefully assess the dangers that may be presented by your work environment. Do you work with any equipment or chemicals that may be hazardous to your eyes? Have any eye injuries occurred in your workplace?
- Assess your visual acuity
Depending on your occupation, uncorrected vision problems can contribute to accidents. Get eye exams regularly to help ensure that your visual acuity is at its best.
- Wear protective gear
Not every form of eye protection is created equal. Make sure that the eye protection chosen for your line of work is appropriate for the dangers that may be present. Make sure that your eye protection fits well and is comfortable—have your gear fitted by a professional if necessary.
- Plan ahead
Even with proper protection, emergencies can happen to you or to someone around you. Educate yourself and become aware of the first-aid procedures associated with eye injuries. Know where any eye wash stations are located ahead of time. Having a quality emergency care center in mind beforehand will also help to expedite treatment.
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Decrease your chances of sustaining eye injury by wearing the right form of eye protection to suit your occupational needs. If you have any further questions about health and wellness, contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.