7 Best Practices for Eye Protection in the Workplace
Protecting our sight is important, and that includes working safely to ensure we protect our sight.
Canada’s Occupational Health & Safety Magazine states that every day in Canada, 700 workers sustain on-the-job eye injuries. That’s a huge amount of injuries and some that may have been avoidable.
Follow these tips to protect your eyes and sight.
Wear the right protection
Basic eye protection is safety glasses with sideshields. Make sure to look for the CSA logo on the frames.
You want to ensure you wear the correct eye protection for the job you’re doing. For example, if welding, eye protection should be marked with the shade number.
Note: Keep your safety glasses on when you wear other protection such as a welding helmet or face shield, because when you lift up the visor or shield, you may still be exposed to flying chunks of debris, dust, or other hazards.
Wear correctly-sized eyewear
When choosing safety glasses, ensure that they fit properly and protect you on whatever job you’re doing. Your eyewear should fit snugly, yet still be quite comfortable.
Avoid wearing contact lenses on site
When wearing contact lenses, dust and other particles can get under the lens and could cause damage to your eye, as well as the lens.
If you need to wear contact lenses, make sure to wear appropriate eye protection as well.
One way to avoid using contact lenses is to get safety glasses that have a prescription included in them.
Wear eye protection according to the hazard
Depending on what job you’re doing, you might require different eye protection. Goggles that protect you from dust are likely not going to protect your eyes the same from splashes or radiation.
Wear prescription glasses if needed
If you require prescription glasses, you still need to ensure you can see properly when wearing safety eyewear protection.
Either wear contact lenses (though we shared some cons above) or get a good pair of eyewear protection that you carry with you to ensure you have adequate prescription safety glasses available to you.
Get medical attention in case of an emergency
If something does happen at the workplace, make sure to act quickly and calmly. Let your supervisor know that you had a workplace incident and report what happened and the situation with your eye injury. Get medical attention quickly- don’t wait to see if it get’s better. Your eye sight is important and needs to be treated that way.
Get your eyes checked
It’s good practice to go and get an eye exam every couple of years to make sure that your eyesight is still good and any problems you may have haven’t gotten worse.
Our sight is important, as is workplace safety. Work smart, work safe, and keep an eye out for your other coworkers as well.