To commemorate Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month, think about your eyes for a moment. About 2,000 workers injure their eyes on the job every day. Most of those injuries could have been prevented with simple precautions.
Workplaces present a range of threats. Heavy computer users can suffer eyestrain. More severe injuries can result from use of certain tools and machinery, flying particles (such as glass or metal) and chemicals.
Ask any risk manager at a workers’ compensation insurer about eye injuries and you’ll hear lots of harrowing stories. Employees who scoff at using safety glasses, face shields and other protective equipment can live to regret it. Use awareness-raising posters and reward programs to remind people to comply.
Work with your team to assess and then eliminate hazards. If employees routinely lack access to the proper safety gear—or the gear needs to be upgraded—act quickly to show that you treat eye safety seriously.
If your workers complain about dry eyes or find it hard to read, check the lighting in their workspace. Affix glare filters to computer screens to reduce bright reflections. Also, confirm that their monitor is 20 to 26 inches from their face and positioned just below eye level.