Flying wood, infrared radiation, ultraviolet exposure, burns from steam, and oil/grease splashes are some of the most common eye injuries in the workplace. Although most employers have a working code that entails putting on protective gear to avoid such accidents, most employees take these for granted, until something bad happens to them.
Practicing eye safety in the workplace, especially if dealing with dangerous materials such as blood and toxic compounds can, however, help prevent serious accidents from happening. Simple practices and habits such as putting on goggles when working with ultraviolet light, or putting on gloves go a long way in avoiding eye injuries.
Anyone working in areas with potential eye hazards such as chemicals, blood pathogens, radiation, and projectiles is advised to put on eye protection at all times to prevent accidents. How can I protect my eyes at work, you may ask.
Discussed below are some of the best and recommended ways:
1. Have Prescription Or Nonprescription Safety Glasses
While safety glasses have the same look as prescription glasses, they offer more eye protection than your regular glasses. This is because the frames and lenses are designed with a much stronger material. The lenses can withstand impact from dust, flying particles, and chips comfortably without cracking. Some of the best safety glasses have polycarbonate or Trivex-made lenses, hence give the highest level of protection. You can always consult an eye specialist to help you make the right choices.
Goggles offer more protection than safety glasses. These are specially designed to protect your eyes from dust, impact, and chemical splashes. Safety goggles come with polycarbonate lenses capable of protecting the eye from all directions, hence can be work over contact lenses and prescription glasses as well. Goggles are especially recommended for individuals who need their prescription glasses to see.
3. Make Use Of Helmets And Face Shields
A face shield comes in handy when working on hazardous compounds such as blood-borne pathogens, molten materials, and harsh chemicals. Face shields are specially made of a clear polycarbonate shield that makes it easy to see through while protecting you from particles. You should also consider having a helmet on when welding or working with other dangerous materials. Helmets also offer optimal protection when operating in industries with projectiles all over.
4. Put On Special Eye Protection
If your job entails staying up in front of a computer screen, you then should take the necessary precautionary measures to prevent eye-strain. If possible, have an antiglare screen protector installed over the screen. You should also consider investing in an antiglare and photochromic glasses that protect your eye from computer screen glare and radiation. Although you may have to pay a few dollars for the same, it will save you much more in the long run.
These are considerably some of the best ways to protect your eyes from strain and injuries. Making it a habit of putting on protective gear at all times while at work is the only way you can be assured of optimal protection and safety. Failure to do this only exposes you to many dangerous elements that can have detrimental effects on your eyes and general health.