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MARCH IS SAVE YOUR VISION MONTH

Eye injuries are very common in the workplace.  Two major reasons workers experience eye injuries are because they are not wearing the proper eye protection or they are wearing the wrong kind of eye protection on the job. Having the right eye protection can reduce and prevent many eye injuries.

Potential eye hazards at work include:

  • 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.

How can you protect your eyes?

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

  1. Know the eye safety dangers at your work.
  2. Eliminate hazards before starting work by using machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls.
  3. Use proper eye protection.
  4. Keep your safety eyewear in good condition and have it replaced if it becomes damaged.