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Workplace eye safety

| Jan 14, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Although you may deem your workplace safe, numerous hazards can hurt you at any time. Some of the common workplace injuries in Kentucky and across the country are eye injuries. However, 90% of the causes of workplace injuries are preventable. Wearing eye protection and training employees are some of the methods incorporated by companies to protect their workers.

Potential hazards at work

To avoid the need for a workers’ compensation claim, you need to protect yourself from potential hazards. The main hazards include:

  • Chemicals
  • Dust, wood and other projectiles
  • Body fluids
  • Radiation

Most workplaces will have more than one hazard, so you require ideal eye protection. Eye protection methods differ between different hazards, meaning your equipment needs to protect you against the right hazard. Employers should ensure that suitable protective measures are incorporated at the workplace.

How to protect your eyes from injuries

Nonprescription safety glasses are just like regular glasses but made of a different material. Their lenses and frames are stronger to offer you maximum protection. Safety glasses protect your eyes from dust and other projectiles. Safety glasses also have a wide side frame to prevent projectiles from getting through the side.

Goggles are essential when you are working in a dusty workplace or one with a lot of chemicals. They are designed to protect your eyes from hazards from all directions. Goggles can resist high impacts, and it’s possible to wear them over prescription glasses.

Face shields and helmets are eye protection equipment to protect users against heat or chemicals. Welding helmets are in this category since they protect your eyes from high light intensity. This equipment should be used in conjunction with other protective eyewear such as goggles.

Have you suffered eye injuries at the workplace? You may need to contact an attorney to help you file a workers’ compensation claim.

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