Did you know that 40% of eye injuries in the workplace happen to those that work in construction, manufacturing, and mining? In the United States alone, 2,000 workers suffer an eye-related job injury per day! These injuries can range anywhere from solutions being splashed into the eyes or small surface abrasions all the way to objects entering the eye. The good news here is that 90% of these eye related accidents can be avoided with appropriate eye safety measures.
What exactly is appropriate eye protection?
- Safety glasses: These are recommended for tradespeople such as carpenters, mechanics, and plumbers. These glasses help prevent damage from airborne materials.
- Safety goggles: These provide the same basic coverage as safety glasses but also create a sealed environment for the eyes. This means that they prevent things from entering around the eyes. These are especially beneficial for those working with chemicals or in a laboratory.
- Face shields: These provide specific protection from many electrical risks. These are used for tradespeople such as welders.