If you work in a hazardous workplace, you may wonder how best to keep your eyes safe from injury. Did you know that about 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in the workplace? Almost 70% of accidents happen because of flying or falling objects. Most objects are very small. Many workplace injuries occur where safety eyewear isn’t required, or left up to the individual to decide if they’ll wear it. Many people who are injured on the job don’t think they need to wear protective gear, or were wearing eyewear that didn’t provide adequate protection.

 

Today we have an eye safety checklist that is important to follow if you have a job where this is a problem for you. Read on to find out more.

 

Create a safe work environment

 

  • Minimize hazards from falling objects or ones that are unstable
  • Make sure that your tools work properly, and safety features are in place
  • Make sure people know how to use the tools properly on site
  • Keep bystanders out of hazardous ares

 

Evaluate safety hazards

 

  • Identify primary hazards at the site
  • Identify hazards from large machinery, nearby workers, and falling objects

 

Wear proper eye and face protection

 

  • Select the right eye protection for the work site
  • Make sure your safety eyewear fits right, stays in the right place, and is in good condition

 

Use smart workplace safety practices

 

  • Always shake, vacuum or brush dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead, or brow before you remove protective eyewear
  • Don’t rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing
  • Clean your eyewear regularly

 

First aid for eye injuries

 

If you are injured at work, follow these steps:

 

Specks in the eye

 

  • Don’t rub the eye
  • Flush eye with a lot of water
  • See a doctor if the speck will not wash out, or if there is pain or redness

 

Cuts, punctures, and foreign objects

 

  • Unlike with specks of dust or metal, be sure not to wash out the affected eye
  • Don’t try to remove a foreign object stuck in the eye
  • Seek immediate medical attention

 

Chemical Burns

 

  • Immediately flush the eye with drinkable liquid, or preferably water. Open the eye as wide as possible and continue flushing for at least 15 minutes, even on your way to seeking medical care
  • If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. If you do this correctly, you may dislodge the lens
  • Seek immediate medical attention

 

Blows to the eye

 

  • Apply, without pressure, a cold compress. Another option is to tape crushed ice in a plastic bag to the forehead and allow it to rest gently on the injured eye
  • Seek immediate medical attention if pain continues, if you have reduced vision, or if blood appears in your eye.

 

If you do each of these things, you will help secure the best possible health for your eye. If you have any questions, visit a Las Vegas Urgent Care Center. We know just what to do if you have any problems with your eyes.

 

For more information on eye safety, click here.

 

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