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August 18, 2009

Safety Tip: Prevent Eye Injuries

Government estimates show that some 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in U.S. workplaces.
  • 70% of accidents resulted from flying or falling objects or sparks
  • Contact with chemicals caused 20% of injuries
  • Nearly 60% of workers injured were not wearing eye protection
OSHA estimates that 90% of eye injuries could be prevented
by proper protective eyewear.

To reduce eye injuries in your workplace:
  • Use the right protection - Eyewear must be appropriate for hazards encountered and properly fitted
    - Nearly 20% of injuries with eye protection occurred to workers wearing face shields or welding helmets
    - Only 6% occurred to workers wearing goggles
  • Maintain eyewear - Scratched and dirty devices reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents
  • Train employees - About 40% of workers surveyed received no information on what kind of eyewear to use and where to use it
94% of injuries to workers wearing eye protection resulted from
objects or chemicals going around or under the protector.