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 many workers.
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.