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July 16, 2013
July is Eye Safety Month. All eyes on prevention!

An estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur daily in American workplaces, and more than 15,000 welding-related injuries take place each year. Eye disorders are estimated to cost nearly $140 billion annually.

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Eye Safety Month is an ideal opportunity to review your injury statistics and assess your eye injury prevention program. Make sure it reflects current processes, equipment, and hazards.

Read on for 10 tips to prevent eye injuries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 70 percent of eye injuries occur from falling or flying objects or sparks striking the eye. The best way to prevent injury is to always wear the appropriate eye protection. No excuses and no exceptions.

According to Prevent Blindness America, early detection and treatment of eye conditions and disease are essential to maintaining good vision at every stage of life.

Keep zero accidents within your sights

Consider sharing these injury-prevention tips with managers and frontline supervisors.

  1. Look carefully at plant operations, work areas, access routes, and equipment. Study injury patterns and identify operations where eye hazards are present.
  2. Conduct regular vision testing because uncorrected vision can cause accidents.
  3. Select protective eyewear designed for a specific duty or hazard.
  4. Establish a mandatory eye protection program in all operation areas.
  5. Have eyewear fitted by an eye-care professional or someone specially trained in proper fit.
  6. Establish first-aid procedures for eye injuries and make eyewash stations available, especially where chemicals are in use.
  7. Make sure eye safety is part of your regular employee training program and new hire orientation.
  8. Managers should set an example by wearing protective eyewear wherever, and whenever, it is needed.
  9. Regularly review and revise your accident prevention policies, with a goal of zero eye injuries.
  10. Display a copy of your policy in areas where your employees can see it.

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