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March 30, 2011

SAFETY TIP: Workplace Eye Safety Checklist

In recognition of Workplace Eye Wellness Month, here's an eye safety checklist from NIOSH:

1. Create a safe work environment:
__ Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
__ Make sure tools work and safety features (machine guards) are in place.
__ Make sure workers (particularly volunteers) know how to use tools properly.
__ Keep bystanders out of hazardous areas.

2. Evaluate safety hazards:
__ Identify 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 eye protection is in good condition.
__ Make sure eye protection fits and will stay in place.

4. Use good work practices:
__ Brush, shake, or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead and the top of 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.

For more information on workplace eye safety:

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