There are many reasons why people suffer from eye injuries in the workplace. These reasons can range from coming into contact with chemicals to wearing the wrong kind of personal protective equipment.
It’s important for you to know the reasons for eye injuries so that you can take steps to avoid them. Here are three common causes of injuries to keep in mind.
- Working with chemicals
One of the common causes of eye injuries in the workplace is working with chemicals. Whether you’re working with bleach or other hazardous materials, the fumes or chemicals themselves may cause injuries if they come into contact with your eyes. You should wear eye protection when possible. If that isn’t required, wear gloves or remember to wash your hands before touching your eyes, so that you don’t introduce the chemicals to your eyes accidentally.
- Not wearing the right personal protective equipment
You must wear the right personal protective equipment for the job. This means having a welding helmet when you weld, goggles in a laboratory or other eye protection on the job. Always check to be sure that your eye protection meets the safety requirements and standards set by law.
- Coming into contact with debris
In any workplace, there is a potential for coming into contact with debris. Whether that debris is dust, wood chips or other kinds of debris, it’s important to make sure you check the workplace before entering and decide if eye protection is needed. If you don’t think you need it and you get something in your eyes, make sure to wash out your eye or to take the steps noted for the particular exposure. Call 911 if you cannot see, or go to see your eye doctor if the debris causes damage or doesn’t wash out quickly with water.
Eye injuries could be life-changing, so it’s always a good idea to seek medical attention. Protect your eyes in the workplace with the right PPE, so that you can avoid serious injuries that could harm your vision permanently. If you do suffer an injury at work, remember that you may be able to pursue workers’ compensation.