This month is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month and Precision Vision would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of practicing good eye safety and wellness in the workplace. Eye injuries at work are so common that nearly 2,000 people injure their eye at work every single day. However, the majority of those eye injuries could be prevented if proper eye safety precautions were taken.
If you work in an environment with hazardous materials such as tools, flying or floating material particles, or chemicals, you must take proper precautions and safety measures to prevent injury from a potential incident. Dependent on the work environment, safety glasses, goggles, or shields must be worn to protect the eyes and/or the face.
It is also a good idea to have emergency procedures put in place in the event that an incident does occur. This way, everyone will be prepared and will be able to take the proper steps to deal with an eye injury. If necessary, an eyewash station could be beneficial in environments that contain hazardous chemicals or airborne particles or materials. In these cases, gently flushing the eye can help remove any debris. Also, contrary to a common myth, if a foreign object lands on the eye it cannot get “lost” back behind the eyeball, but it can cause corneal scratches. In the event that a foreign object actually penetrates the eyeball, it would require emergency medical attention.
Even if you do not work in a hazardous setting, there are several ways that you can do to help prevent tired and strained eyes at an office or desk job. Nearly everyone in this day and age spends a considerable amount of time in the computer. Studies have shown that computer use does not result in permanent damage to the eyes or vision. It often does, however, lead to significant eye strain. There are some simple steps that can be taken in order to alleviate some of the stress and strain to your eyes. The key is to remember to look up from your screen every 15-20 minutes. Be sure to look into the distance, across the room, or out of a window. You should also ensure that your workstation is correctly structured and illuminated. Ideally, the center of your computer screen should be about 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away.
For any questions or to learn more about workplace eye safety, please contact Precision Vision at any of our OKC offices today.