The main cause of eye injuries at work are usually due to the affected worker not wearing eye protection or wearing the wrong kind of eye protection required for job. The type of eye protection required for specific work situations depends on the type of hazards present and the ways in which your eyes are exposed to these hazards, as well as other available PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and your own vision.
High Risk Industries for Eye Injuries
Of course, working with a computer screen that is set on high brightness can cause damage to your eyes, however, if you work in one of the following industries, your eyes are at risk of a physical injury and, as a result, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be using eye protection. These industries are primarily construction, maintenance, manufacturing, carpentry and plumbing. This list, however, is not exhaustive and you should assess the safety of your eyes in your work place to determine whether you need to wear eye protection, especially if your employer has not already done so for you.
Types of Eye Hazards
The types of eye hazards you could face at work are as follows:
Projectile hazards include dust, concrete, metal, wood and other small particles that can get into your eyes. If you are working in an area with a number of flying objects and/or projectile hazards, you should wear safety glasses that include side protection (or side shields).
Chemical splashes and fumes can cause severe damage to your eyes. Chemicals are used in a number of jobs, including cleaning and catering, and it is necessary to use eye protection when you are using any type of chemical. Goggles are the best type of eye protection for chemical hazards.
The potential hazards to eyes associated with radiation are from visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation and lasers. Fewer people tend to work with radiation than projectile and chemical hazards, but those that do work with radiation hazards should use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields or even helmets designed for that particular task.
Eye Injury Emergencies
In an incident where there has been an injury in the eye, you should always seek emergency medical assistance.
Types of Eye Protection from Essential Safety Wear
Essential Safety Wear sell a range of eye protection PPE, including goggles, face shields and spectacles. They can be sold individually or in bulk value packs. For more information, call Essential Safety Wear on 01462 675200.