Safety Use Of Neon Safety Spectacle (PS34) At Work

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Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. However, safety experts and eye doctors believe the right eye protection can lessen the severity or even prevent 90 percent of these eye injuries.

                               

Chemicals or foreign objects in the eye and cuts or scrapes on the cornea are common eye injuries that occur at work. Other common eye injuries come from splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure, and flying wood or metal chips.

In addition, health care workers, laboratory staff, and other workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases from eye exposure. Some infectious diseases can be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the eye. This can occur through direct exposure to blood splashes, respiratory droplets generated during coughing, or from touching the eyes with contaminated fingers or other objects.

Workers experience eye injuries on the job for two major reasons:

  • They were not wearing eye protection.
  • They were wearing the wrong kind of protection for the job.

Statistics survey of workers who suffered eye injuries revealed that nearly three out of five were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident. These workers most often reported that they believed protection was not required for the situation.

Safety and Health Administration requires workers to use eye and face protection whenever there is a reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented by such equipment. Personal protective eyewear, such as goggles, face shields, safety glasses or full face respirators must be used when an eye hazard exists. The necessary eye protection depends upon the type of hazard, the circumstances of exposure, other protective equipment used and individual vision needs.

What are the potential eye hazards at work?

Workplace eye protection is needed when the following potential eye hazards are present:

Projectiles (dust, concrete, metal, wood and other particles)

Chemicals (splashes and fumes)

Radiation (especially visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation, and lasers)

Bloodborne pathogens (hepatitis or HIV) from blood and body fluids

Some working conditions include multiple eye hazards. The proper eye protection takes all hazards into account.

Occupations with a high risk for eye injuries include:

Construction

Manufacturing

Mining

Carpentry

Auto Repair

Electrical Work

Plumbing

Welding

Maintenance

 

Conducting an eye hazard assessment of the workplace

  • Removing or reducing eye hazards where possible
  • Providing appropriate safety eyewear and requiring employees to wear it
  • Your optometrist can assist your employer and you in evaluating potential eye hazards in your workplace and determining what type of eye protection may be needed.

How can I protect my eyes from injury?

There are certain things you can do to protect your eyes from injury:

  • Know the eye safety dangers at your work.
  • Eliminate hazards before starting work by using machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls.
  • Use proper eye protection.
  • Keep your safety eyewear in good condition and have it replaced if it becomes damaged.
  • Selection of protective eyewear appropriate for a given task should be made based on a hazard assessment of each activity.

What should be done in an eye emergency?

Seek medical attention as soon as possible following an injury, particularly if you have pain in the eye, blurred vision or loss of any vision. Several simple first aid steps can and should be taken until medical assistance is obtained.

 

First aid for chemicals in the eye:

  • Immediately flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes. Place the eye under a faucet or shower, use a garden hose, or pour water into the eye from a clean container.
  • If you are wearing contact lenses, immediately remove them before flushing the eye.
  • Do not try to neutralize the chemical with other substances.
  • Do not bandage the eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention after flushing.

First aid for particles in the eye:

  • Do not rub the eye.
  • Try to let your tears wash the speck out, or irrigate the eye with an artificial tear solution.
  • Try lifting the upper eyelid outward and down over the lower eyelid to remove the particle.
  • If the particle does not wash out, keep the eye closed, bandage it lightly and seek medical care.
     

Some particles, particularly metallic ones, can cause rusting spots on the eye if left untreated for several days. If you are unsure if the object is gone, do not delay medical care.

 

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