Importance of safety glasses.

If you think wearing protective eye wear isn’t necessary, think again. Nearly 70 percent of eye injuries in the workplace occurred due to flying objects striking the eye that could have been prevented with the correct eye wear. An eye injury can cause permanent vision loss or damage for a worker and could possibly disable one for life. It is estimated that up to 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by using proper protective eye wear, so it is important for workers to wear it at all times.

Occupations with high risk eye injuries

Anyone who works with chemicals, bloodborne pathogens, projectiles such as dust, metal, concrete, and radiation is at risk of eye injury. That puts anyone in healthcare and construction, electricians, plumbers, and welders as some of the highest workers at risk for eye injuries.

It is important to make sure you not only wear protective eye wear, but also that it fits properly. Objects and chemicals can easily get around eye wear if it is not properly fitted.

Causes of eye injuries

Eye injuries in the workplace are most commonly caused by the following conditions:

  • Flying particles such as sawdust and metal shavings penetrating the eye.
  • Chemicals that may splash and cause irreparable damage.
  • Blood or other infectious bodily fluids that could splatter.
  • Light created by welding or lasers that can cause permanent damage.

When to wear glasses

It is important to always wear eye wear when chipping, grinding, sawing, drilling, sanding, welding, plating, handling chemicals, buffing, working in dusty conditions, brazing, casting, machining, riveting, or performing other similar tasks. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t only wear eye wear when performing these tasks yourself, but also when you are working anywhere near these operations.

Types of glasses

It’s important to know the type of glasses to wear depending on the type of material you are working with. For example, if you are working with flying objects, you need to wear safety glasses with side shields. If you are working with chemicals, you need to wear googles. And if you are working near radiation, you need to use a face shield with your safety glasses.

Remembering these three things are vital to providing you with the utmost eye protection:

  1. Know the eye safety dangers in your work environment.
  2. Use the proper, specific eye protection.
  3. Keep your eye wear in good condition to get the best protection out of it.

Ways to get employees to wear eye wear

Many people don’t enjoy wearing protective eye wear because they feel it isn’t comfortable or stylish. In this day and age there are many options available in the type of safety glasses that are available. There are many styles that are more modern looking and provide magnification bifocals for people who have vision issues. There are also some that are made to wear over prescription glasses. With all this being said, there is no reason to neglect wearing protective eye wear.