More than 2,000 workers sustain eye injuries at their workplace every day, according to recent studies. Also, the study indicated one in 10 would need days off work to recover. Some 10%-20% of these eye-related injuries will progress to temporary or permanent loss of vision.
Experts believe that people can prevent 90% of work-related eye injuries with the correct eye protection. To protect your employees’ eyes adequately from harm in the workplace, you first need to understand the safety hazards present in your place of work.
Prescription and Non-Prescription Safety Glasses
Though safety eyeglasses can sometimes look similar to regular glasses, their frames and lenses are different. Manufacturers produce lenses for safety eyewear or glasses from plastic, polycarbonate and glass.
Glass lenses are ideal for workers in contact with harsh chemicals, while plastic lenses protect against welding spatter. Polycarbonate lenses deliver the highest defence against impact. The frames are stronger compared to street-wear frames.
Goggles protect your employees from dust, impact and chemical splashes. They also provide a protective shield around the whole eye to guard against hazards from all directions. Users can wear them over contact lenses and prescription eyeglasses.
Helmets and Face Shields
Complete face shields offer protection for workers in contact with blood-borne microorganisms, heat and chemicals. Helmets are ideal for welding environments and those in contact with molten metals.
Workers should wear helmets and face shields in combination with goggles or safety glasses to protect the eyes on lifting the shield.
There are helmets and goggles with specialised filters for workers exposed to optical radiation when working with lasers or welding jobs. Over 50% of employees nowadays suffer from digital eyestrain with an increased use of computers, tablets and laptops.
Ensure that you have good lighting in your workplace, and the computer screens are 10-15 degrees below the workers’ eye level and at least 20-25 inches away to minimise digital strain.