March – Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month

No matter where you work, keeping eye safety in sight is important. See what I did there?

March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month!

According to a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins University in 2016, over 47% of American respondents “rated losing vision as the worst possible health outcome.”

This survey, featuring a diverse spread of respondents, highlights the importance of preserving sight- especially considering the level of value implied by the survey’s responses. No matter your background, protecting your eyes spans across the entirety of your life—from your home, to your workplace, and everywhere in between.

While we definitely stress the importance of eye safety elsewhere, today we’re focused on the workplace. Eye injuries can be unfortunately common in some industries and are often preventable.

According to https://www.preventblindness.org,

“More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover from. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Experts believe that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries in accidents.”

There’s room for a lot of improvement here; do what you can to keep your vision pristine.

As we mentioned in our Healthy Vision Month blog, making use of eye protection is a key action! Keeping it simple, protect and cover your eyes to help avoid injuries.

Protect your eyes. If you’re working on a project, consider wearing safety glasses. You never know when something can slip, splash, or fall.

Cover when appropriate. Whether this cover is provided by a hat, or by UV protected sunglasses, your eyes will be less impacted by bright sunlight or other potential hazards.

Always use the recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your task/job. Some jobs may require as little as safety glasses, while others may require full face shields or other equipment.

To find out what PPE is recommended for your activity, check out this guide provided by the U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/eyeandface/ppe/selection.html

In short, eye safety spans across a majority of life, and the workplace is no exception. Even with many workplaces instilling safety policies, preventing eye injuries starts at the personal level. So, make the commitment to yourself- your sight is worth it.

For more tips, check out our article from last May: https://trialrunners.com/5-tips-for-better-eye-health-healthy-vision-month/