The statistics tell a grim story: According to OSHA, eye injuries lead to $300 million each year lost to missed time at work, medical expenses, and worker compensation. And per the National Eye Institute (NEI), roughly 2,000 workers every day suffer a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve safety and reinforce the importance of protective eyewear, the NEI has declared May to be Healthy Vision Month.
The campaign also reminds employees to stay safe at work and remain knowledgeable about suitable eye protection. Here are a few solutions for on-the-job eye safety.
Learn About ANSI Z87.1
The ANSI Z87.1 standard, established by the American National Standards Institute, sets the criteria for testing, selecting, and using eye protection equipment in the workplace.
The latest update to the ANSI Z87.1 standard, issued in 2015, reflects the importance of choosing protection based on the hazards workers encounter, including hazardous material splashes, dust, and optical radiation. The updated standard adds and alters several application-specific requirements, types of risks, and classes of equipment; it also updates testing methods in accordance with global standards.
Stay Current on OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standard
OSHA updated its eye and face protection requirements in April 2016. The revised standard, 29 CFR §1910.133(b)(2), now allows for eye protection that can be demonstrated to be at least as effective as equipment meeting ANSI Z87.1-2010. Learn more about the rule and what’s new.
Practice Eye Safety with Five-Point Checklist
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention developed a five-point eye safety checklist.
The list encourages workers to:
- Create a safe work environment.
- Evaluate safety hazards.
- Wear proper eye and face protection.
- Apply good work practices.
- Prepare for injuries and first needs that may arise.
Employees should follow this checklist whenever eye protection is advised or required in the workplace.
Invest in Appropriate PPE
Graphic Products takes pride in increasing the safety and well-being of employees in various work environments. Graphic Products’ PPE for the eyes and face—which includes safety glasses, goggles, and eyewash stations—protects workers against safety risks and promotes a safer workplace. Visit Store.GraphicProducts.com or call 888.326.9244 for more information.