Jeff Davis of Long Beach, California, has a great deal
of experience working as a safety instructor in the
petrochemical industry. Providing employees with
guidelines for eye injury prevention is among Jeff
Davis’s job duties as an instructor.
Eye injuries are very common in workplaces. In fact,
as many as 1,000 eye-related workplace injuries
occur in the United States each day. In addition to
the high personal toll these types of injuries take on
employees and their families, eye injuries cost
employers more than $300 million each year in
medical expenses, financial compensation to injured
workers, and other related costs.
Taking steps to educate workers on the importance
of eye safety and then ensuring they follow proper
safety guidelines is of utmost importance.
In particular, safety instructors should provide
employees with clear instruction to wear eye
protection while performing certain on-the-job
activities. To avoid the occurrence of injuries from
inadequate eye protection, such as safety sunglasses
with no side shields when side shields would have
blocked small particles from entering the eye, it is
important to make sure safety guidelines are very
specific about the required types of eye protection
and when to use.