Did you know?
Create a Safe Work Environment
- 2,000 eye injuries occur everyday at work in the US
- Construction workers have one of the highest eye injury rates
- Particles of dust, metal, wood, slag, drywall, cement etc. are the most common source
- Even "minor" eye injuries can cause life-long vision problems and suffering- a simple scratch from sawdust, cement, or drywall can cause corneal erosion that is recurrently painful
Evaluate Safety Hazards
- Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
- Make sure that tools work and safety features (machine guards) are in place.
- Make sure that workers (particularly volunteers) know how to use tools properly.
- Keep bystanders out of the hazard area.
Wear the Proper Eye and Face Protection
- Identify the primary hazards at the site.
- Identify hazards posed by nearby workers, large machinery, and falling/shifting debris.
Use Good Work Practices
- Select the appropriate eye protection for the hazard.
- Make sure the eye protection is in good condition.
- Make sure the eye protection fits properly and will stay in place.
CLICK HERE to download the optional Safety Talk form for your workplace.
- Caution: brush, shake, or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead, or the top of the eye protection before removing the protection.
- Do not rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing.
- Clean eyewear regularly.
- Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs.
- Have an eye wash or sterile solution on hand.