Workplace Eye Wellness Month spotlights eye injuries and vision safety

By Matt Wastradowski

Proper eyewear can go a long way toward reducing workplace injuries.

Eye safety is an important part of ensuring a safe workplace, yet roughly 2,000 workers suffer a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment every day, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), proper eyewear could reduce workplace injuries by up to 90%. Those harrowing statistics are why the organization has dubbed March Workplace Eye Wellness Month—and why PBA works to reduce the number of workplace injuries and promote eye safety nationwide.

OSHA is working to revise its outdated Eye and Face Protection Standards, but what can workers do to protect themselves in the meantime? Here are a few solutions for a facility free of hazards to the eyes and face.

ANSI Z87.1 provides eye safety overview

Workers can take steps toward a safer workplace by using eye protection compliant with the ANSI Z87.1 standard, which sets the criteria for testing, selecting, maintaining, and using of eye protection in the workplace. Eye protection certified compliant with ANSI Z87.1 defends against hazards related to chemical handling, material welding, machinery operations, or cutting, construction work, and assembly operations.

Wall chart provides PPE reference for hazardous material

Need a quick and easy reference for understanding which personal protective equipment (PPE) you must wear when working with hazardous materials? Graphic Products offers a complimentary Personal Protective Equipment Wallchart that covers the Hazardous Material Identification System and which PPE must be worn in order to handle materials safely.

Office workers not immune from eyestrain and visual fatigue

PBA offers a number of suggestions for office workers who spend much of the day in front of computer screens. Tips and suggestions include:

  • Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Glare filters over your computer screen can also help.
  • Place your screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level.
  • Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

Read the full list of suggestions.

Eye safety checklist outlines safe practices

Employees may also wish to follow a five-point eye safety checklist for common work environments, developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stocking up on proper PPE

Graphic Products strives to improve the health and safety of employees around the world. The company’s PPE for the eyes and face—including safety glasses, goggles, and eyewash stations—protects workers against safety risks and promotes a workplace free of hazards. Visit GraphicProducts.com or call 888.326.9244 for more information.