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!

All medical content reviewed by our Drug Safety Associate Patience Biesiot, RN, BSN.

According to a survey in 2014,

Many Americans across racial and ethnic groups describe losing eyesight as potentially having the greatest impact on their day‐to-day life, more so than other conditions including: loss of limb, memory, hearing and speech.”

This survey shows a diverse group of people highlighting the importance of preserving sight. But, protecting your eyes spans across the entirety of your life—from your home, to your workplace, and everywhere in between.

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.

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/