How can eye injuries be prevented?</li></li></ul><li>What contributes to eye injuries at work<br /><ul><li>Not wearing eye protection. Statics show that three out of every five workers injured are not wearing eye protection at the time of accident.</li></ul>OR<br /><ul><li>Wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job. </li></li></ul><li>What causes eye injuries at work?<br /><ul><li>Flying particles </li></ul>It is statistically found that almost 70% of accidents result from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. It is estimated that nearly three-fifths of the objects are smaller than a pin head. <br /><ul><li>Contact with chemicals </li></ul>Splashed liquids or flying chemical particles causes 20% of eye injuries.<br /><ul><li>Other accidents </li></ul>Caused by objects swinging from a fixed or attached position, like tree limbs, ropes, chains, or tools which are pulled into the eye<br />
Where do injuries happen most often?<br /><ul><li>Potential eye hazards can be found in nearly every industry, statistics show that more than 40% of injuries occur among craft workers, like mechanics, repairers, carpenters, and plumbers.
Over a third of injured workers are equipment operators, such as assemblers, sanders, and grinding machine operators.
Laborers suffer about one-fifth of eye injuries. </li></li></ul><li>How can eye injuries be prevented?<br /><ul><li>Always wear effective eye protection </li></ul>To be effective, eye wear must appropriate for the hazard encountered and properly fitted. <br /><ul><li>Better training and education </li></ul>Most workers are hurt while doing their regular jobs. Workers most often believe that wearing protective eye wear is not required by the situation they are in. <br />All workers should receive full information on where and what kind of eyewear should be used.<br /><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul>Eye protection devices must be properly maintained. <br />Scratched and dirty devices reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents<br />
Safety glasses are also available in prescription form for those persons who need corrective lenses.</li></li></ul><li>Description and use of Eye/Face Protectors<br />Goggles<br /><ul><li>Vinyl framed goggles of soft pliable body design provide adequate eye protection from many hazards. These goggles are available with
perforated, port vented, or non-vented frames.
Single lens goggles provide similar protection to spectacles and may be worn in combination with spectacles or corrective lenses to insure protection along with proper vision.
Welders goggles provide protection from sparking, scaling, or splashing metals and harmful light rays. Lenses are impact resistant and are available in graduated shades of filtration.
Chippers/Grinders goggles provide eye protection from flying particles. The dual protective eye cups house impact resistant clear lenses with individual cover.</li></li></ul><li>Description and use of Eye/Face Protectors<br />Face Shields<br /><ul><li>These normally consist of an adjustable headgear and face shield of tinted or transparent acetate or polycarbonate materials, or wire screen.
Face shields are available in various sizes, tensile strength, impact/heat resistance and light ray filtering capacity.
Face shields will be used in operations when the entire face needs protection and should be worn to protect eyes and face against flying particles, metal sparks, and chemical/biological splash.</li></li></ul><li>Description and use of Eye/Face Protectors<br />Welding Shields<br /><ul><li>These shield assemblies consist of vulcanized fiber or glass fiber body, a ratchet/button type adjustable headgear or cap attachment and a filter and cover plate holder.
These shields will be provided to protect workers’ eyes and face from infrared or radiant light burns, flying sparks, metal spatter and slag chips encountered during welding, brazing, soldering, resistance welding, bare or shielded electric arc welding and oxyacetylene welding and cutting operations.</li></li></ul><li>Computers and Your Eyes<br /><ul><li>Can looking at computer screens damage my eyes? </li></ul>No. While complaints of eye fatigue and discomfort are common among computer users, these symptoms are not caused by the computer screen itself. Computer screens give off little or no harmful radiation (such as x-rays or UV rays). All levels of radiation from computer screens are below levels that can cause eye damage such as cataracts.<br /><ul><li>Can looking at a computer screen cause eyestrain? </li></ul>Fatigue, dry eyes, bad lighting, or how you sit in front of the computer can cause eyestrain. Symptoms of eyestrain include sore or irritated eyes and difficulty focusing. You may also have symptoms of eyestrain if you need glasses or a change in your glasses. <br /><ul><li>What can I do to prevent eyestrain? </li></ul>You can help prevent eyestrain by making changes to your computer workspace and by visiting your eye doctor. Here are a few suggestions on how to make your workspace more comfortable:<br /><ul><li>Place your screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level.
Use a document holder placed next to your computer screen. It should be close enough so you don’t have to swing your head back and forth or constantly change your eye focus.
Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Glare filters over your computer screen can also help.
Choose screens that can tilt and swivel. A keyboard that you can adjust is also helpful. </li></li></ul><li>First Aid for Eye Emergencies<br />Knowing what to do for an eye emergency can save valuable time and possibly prevent vision loss. Here are some instructions for basic eye injury first aid. <br /><ul><li>Be Prepared
Wear eye protection for all hazardous activities.
Stock a first aid kit with a rigid eye shield and commercial eyewash before an eye injury happens.
DO NOT assume that any eye injury is harmless. When in doubt, see a doctor immediately.
Chemical Burns to the Eye </li></ul>In all cases of eye contact with chemicals:<br /><ul><li>Immediately flush the eye with water or any other drinkable liquid. Hold the eye under a faucet or shower, or pour water into the eye using a clean container. Keep the eye open and as wide as possible while flushing. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes.