A safe point of view: protecting your eyes
Why should I use eye protection?
Eye protection remains the last line of defence in eye injury prevention; when hazards cannot be eliminated, we rely on eye protection. Eye injuries can still occur if eye protection does not fit well, is uncomfortable, obscures vision, or is not suited to the hazard involved.
You must wear protective eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury. Anyone working in or passing through areas that pose eye hazards should wear protective eyewear. This is particularly true of workers involved in heavy machinery, which poses a high risk of on-the-job eye injury.
At home — or during recreational times — there is always a chance of eye-related injuries during certain activities as debris can fly into your eyes. These activities include:
- Chainsaw use
- Drill press work
- Horse harness racing
- Quad biking
- Picking fruit
- Hedge trimming
- Lawn mowing
- Paint scrapping
- Water blasting
How to prevent eye injury
Despite advances in prevention, eye injuries still occur and are a significant burden internationally.
A number of factors, however, have reduced the type and rate of eye injuries. These have included: stricter occupational health and safety legislation, raising awareness of hazards, the introduction of standards for and broader use of eye protection
Education about hazards plays a key role in eye injury prevention. Along with wearing the appropriate eyewear — you should not wear sunglasses and regular spectacles as a replacement for eye protection.
Please consider these factors that could potentially lead to eye injury:
- Tool malfunction
- An employee performing an unfamiliar task
- An employee being rushed
- An employee working overtime and feeling fatigued
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