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March 22, 2010

Safety Tip: Eye Safety Checklist

NIOSH offers the following tips for eye safety in the workplace:
1. Create a safe work environment- Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
- Make sure tools work properly and safety features (machine guards) are in place.
- Make sure workers (particularly volunteers) know how to use tools properly.
- Keep bystanders out of the hazard area.

2. Evaluate safety hazards- Identify the primary hazards at the site.
- Identify hazards posed by nearby workers, large machinery, and falling/shifting debris.
3. Wear the proper eye and face protection- Select the appropriate Z87 eye protection for the hazard.
- Make sure the eye protection is in good condition.
- Make sure the eye protection fits properly and will stay in place.
4. Use good work practices
- Brush, shake or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead or the top of the eye protection before removing the protection.
- Do not rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing.
- Clean eyewear regularly.

5. Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs.
- Have an eye wash or sterile solution on hand.

Blue_Bullet_Small2 Visit the NIOSH website for a printable version of this checklist.
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