As Workplace Eye Wellness Month continues, we remind the campus community to remember and respond appropriately to the risk of flying objects that can injure the eyes.
The majority of eye injuries result from small particles or objects striking the eyes.
It is important to select and wear the correct eye protection. For example for minor risks, a pair of safety glasses with side-shields may be sufficient. Goggles or the addition of a face shield may be needed for greater risks.
When working with airborne dust and flying debris, safety goggles may be a better option than safety glasses. Safety goggles provide more complete protection by forming a tight facial seal. Safety glasses have gaps where some materials may get through.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides an eTool to help with eye and face personal protective equipment selection.
Regardless of your selection, one of the hardest parts of using eye protection is to remember to use it and to ensure your coworkers, peers, and employees do the same. One way to help is to ensure that you select eye protection that is comfortable and easy to use.
Otherwise, keep eye protection safety stored so it is protected from contamination. Keep it clean according to manufacturer’s specifications, and replace it when it becomes damaged.
Remember to keep eye protection at the forefront and your eyes safe.