If something happens to your eyes, there is no quick fix. The science of eye care has made amazing leaps in the U.S. but real damage repair does not come easily. When you severely damage your eyes you will be changing your life, as you know it, maybe permanently. Wearing eye protection is one simple way to keep you and your employees’ eyes safe.
Your eyes are delicate and very easy to damage. A hard blow is not necessary to cause injury. In fact, all it takes is a tiny sliver or speck of metal, a wood chip from a delimber, sand, a particle of dust or a trace of chemical to do a great deal of damage to your eyes.
If you are exposed to wood chips from logging, dust, metal shaving, grinding wheels, flying wood debris or other workplace hazards, you need to take the proper precautions and protect your eyes. If you do not, it is possible to lose the precious gift of sight.
OSHA is clear about the proper protection. It is a good thing to remember that OSHA rules establish minimum standards from both employer and employees. It deals with eye and face protection standards. It states that:
“The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses eye or face protection when exposed to eye of face hazards from flying particles, liquids, chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gasses or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.”
The recent Safety Violations imposed on a logging company resulted in fines of $35,200. The major violations involved employee proper safety protection.
So what to do and how to do it, here are some tips:
- Make sure your glasses of other face protection fit. If they do not fit properly, you might be tempted not to wear them.
- Keep glasses and other forms of face protection clean. Dirty lenses lessen your visibility and are tempting to remove.
- Keep your glasses in a case when you are not using them. The case prevents chips and scratches and other damage.
Some other tips include the following:
- If you wear contact lenses, remember: contact lenses were not designed for eye protection.
- Never try to remove foreign matter from your or other employee’s eyes. Get the Company medical advisor involved.
- Have your eyes examined periodically. Accidents are sometimes the result of poor vision. Exams every two year are an accepted standard. These exams also detect other issues that can affect your vision issues. Prevention is preferable to cure.
Finally, if there is ever any doubt in your mind about eye protection needed on any job or in any location consult your supervisor. It is cool not to spend the rest of your life with impaired vision. Remember, accidents are just that, “an accident.” If an accident happened every day there would be an inherent problem that required fixing. Protective eye wear is the fix, be cool.