Workplace wellness: A different perspective
March is National Workplace Eye Wellness month, making it the perfect time to focus on ways you can help employees protect their sight.
Eye injuries are more common than you might think. In fact, an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in the U.S. every day. In 2014 alone, Pinnacol saw eye injury claim costs soar over $1 million, with the most common injuries caused by foreign objects in the eye. These injuries can happen to anyone – they don’t discriminate by industry, position or job site. Some of the other most common hazards include chemical splashes, flying particles, radiation burns, strikes to the eye, sunlight, technology glare and poor lighting. All it takes is a small dust particle, poor lighting or a single metal shaving to cause a serious injury.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to help eliminate risk is through eye protection. Ensure that eye protection is readily available and does not create a hindrance or added danger for employees. Here are a few other things to consider:
- Eye and face protection is an OSHA requirement. Make sure you provide personal protective equipment to protect against chemical, environmental and radiological hazards or mechanical irritants.
- Always determine the proper protection according to job duties and hazards. Have a professional help you with this if you aren't sure.
- Provide training and education for your employees so they also understand which PPE is most appropriate for them.
- Take good care of eyewear. Scratches and dirt may contribute to accidents and discourage workers from wearing eye protection.
- Make sure employees that wear glasses have eye protection with prescription lenses or that they wear protection over their eyeglasses.