According to studies conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
about 20,000 workplace eye injuries happen each year. The Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also reported that workplace
eye injuries cost roughly $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical
treatment, and worker compensation. From vision strain to permanent eye
damage or blindness, occupational vision loss is a serious concern for
Eye Hazards at Work
The following can potentially cause injuries to a worker’s eyes:
- Projectiles & Falling Objects
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Dangerous Tool & Machinery
Occupations/industries that tend to have a high risk for eye injuries include:
- Auto Repair
- Electrical Work
Protect Your Eyes at Work
It is important to be aware of what aspects of your work environment can
possibly cause serious injury to your eyes. You should use protective
eyewear and remove any hazards from your work area before you start working.
Be sure to keep any protective eyewear in good condition and immediately
replace any eyewear that gets damaged.
Nonprescription and prescription safety glasses, goggles, face-shields,
and helmets can protect your eyes from workplace hazards. However, it
is important to remember that safety eyewear must fit properly in order
to provide adequate protection. Scratched and dirty eyewear can cause
glare and contribute to accidents. Always make sure that the protective
eyewear you use has been properly maintained.
What Should I do if I Injure My Eyes?
Flush your eyes with water for at least 15 minutes and do not try to neutralize
your pain with other substances. Immediately seek medical attention flowing
an injury to your eyes, especially if you are experiencing intense pain,
blurred vision, or loss of vision.
Need more information about occupational vision loss? Contact our Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys
to find out how we can assist you today.