(NC) Eye injuries in the workplace are more
common than we think and can happen in any type of environment. From
flying objects to chemicals, tools, particles and even ultraviolet rays,
everyone is at risk of suffering an eye injury on the job.
Every day, almost 700 Canadians develop an eye injury while at work.
As such, it is important that workers in every environment pay attention
to their surroundings and take action to prevent injury.
Eye injuries at the workplace can happen fast, and, most of the time,
they can be prevented. To help reduce the number of workplace eye
injuries, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society recommends these tips:
Always wear protective eyewear: Depending on the
type of environment you work in, adapting your level of eye protection
to your surroundings is key. Experts suggest wearing glasses or goggles
that protect the front and sides of your face. Even if you’re just
passing through areas that pose eye hazards, protective eyewear is
Eliminate obvious hazards: When possible, eliminate
any obvious hazards surrounding you before beginning work. You can
consider adding machine guarding, work screens or other engineering
controls, particularly for construction projects.
Make yourself known: Ensure those working around you
are aware when you are present and within their range of motion so that
you don’t come into contact with each other and can help avoid
accidents or injuries.
If you suspect that you or a coworker has suffered an eye injury, it
is important that you do not attempt to treat it yourself, but
immediately seek medical help from a local hospital or ophthalmologist.
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