Work Related Eye Diseases
How do workers acquire eye diseases?
Eye diseases are often transmitted through the mucous membranes of the eye as a result of direct exposure to things like blood splashes, and droplets from coughing or sneezing or from touching the eyes with a contaminated finger or object. This type exposure usually occurs while rendering first aid or other medical assistance. Eye diseases can result in minor reddening or soreness of the eye or in a life threatening disease such as HIV, hepatitis B virus, or avian influenza.
What can workers do to prevent eye injury and disease?
Remember to protect yourself in keeping with your Blood Borne Pathogens Training. Wear personal protective eyewear, such as goggles, face shields and safety glasses when engaged in first aid or other medically related emergencies.
The eye protection chosen for specific work situations depends upon the nature and extent of the hazard, the circumstances of exposure, other protective equipment used, and personal vision needs. Eye protection should be fit to an individual or adjustable to provide appropriate coverage. It should be comfortable and allow for sufficient peripheral vision.