Eye injuries: prevention and preparation

Every workplace is susceptible to eye injuries. Some industries with the highest risk involve machinery, power tools or toxic chemicals, e.g., construction, manufacturing and service occupations. OSHA reports that thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries—and eye injuries alone cost employers over $300 million per year. (1)

Personal protective equipment

The most effective protection from eye injuries is prevention through personal protective equipment (PPE)—keeping contaminants away from the eyes is key. But, in the event that a foreign substance enters the eye, it’s important to know what to do.

Eyewash stations

OSHA code 29 CFR 1910.151(c) requires employers to furnish eyewash stations wherever “the eyes of any person may be exposed to corrosive materials.” Workers should be trained on the proper use of the eyewash station to cleanse the eyes of any particles or chemicals.)

For information on OSHA standards, including guidance on helping to prevent eye injuries through proper PPE, please visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/.

  1. Source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/
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