Types of Eye Injuries

  • 05 Mar 2018 19:43

How do eye injuries happen to employees? And what can be done to avoid them?

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Eye Protection

How do eye injuries happen to employees?

  • Striking or scraping: The majority of eye injuries result from small particles or objects striking or scraping the eye, such as: dust, cement chips, metal slivers, and wood chips.
  • Penetration: Objects like nails, staples, or slivers of wood or metal can go through the eyeball and result in a permanent loss of vision.
  • Chemical and thermal burns: Industrial chemicals or cleaning products are common causes of chemical burns to one or both eyes. Thermal burns to the eye also occur, often among welders. These burns routinely damage workers’ eyes and surrounding tissue.

Avoiding eye injuries

  • Never rub your eyes! Flush them with an eye wash or running water.
  • Wear your protective eyewear. Follow the recommendations of the JSA for your task. Know where your eyewash station is and ensure it is in good working order.
  • Keep your eye wear clean. Notify your supervisor you need a replacement if it is lost or broken, or becomes too scratched to wear.

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