Taking a Close Look at Eye Safety

October is Eye Injury Prevention month, so let’s take a moment to look at what we can do to prevent eye injuries. An important statistic to consider is that, of the more than 700,000 eye injuries sustained in Canada annually, over half happen at home. At work, there are more than 700 eye injuries daily. Now consider that over 90 percent of these injuries, both at work and at home, could have been prevented by using proper eye protection. These are eye opening figures.

Protecting Your Eyes at Home

Fireworks and Your Eyes

Summer is almost upon us, the weather is getting warmer, and children are anxiously counting the days until summer holidays begin.  Let us not forget the celebration that marks the official kick off of summer, Canada Day, July 1st. Canada Day brings with it, picnics, barbeques, concerts and, of course, fireworks. There will be a number of large fireworks displays across the country, but maybe you want to put on your own display. You’ve read the instructions, made sure to find a safe place to launch your fireworks in order not to set the surrounding area on fire. You have a pail of water and maybe even a hose on hand, just in case. But have you considered eye safety when working with fireworks? If not, there are a few things you need to know.

Are All Sunglasses Created Equal?

With all the concern these days about Ultraviolet (UV) rays and the danger to your eyesight, the main concern people have is how to get a good pair of sunglasses. The question is, are all sunglasses created equal? The simple answer to that is no, they are not. Which leads directly to the next question, how do I find a pair that is right for me?

What to look for in a pair of sunglasses

Protect Your Eyes at Work

Eye injuries are some of the most common injuries in the workplace today. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports over 2000 preventable eye injuries per day in the US and surrounding areas. These injuries can easily be prevented by using eye protection and properly training employees.

Common injuries in the workplace include:
˜ chemicals and foreign objects in the eye
˜ abrasions of the cornea
˜ liquid splashes into the eye
˜ steam burns of the eye
˜ projectiles such as dusts or wood
˜ UV or radiation exposure
˜ bloodborne pathogens from bodily fluids

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics have determined certain occupations as being high-risk for eye injuries. Constructions, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, electrical work, welding and medical work are just some of the careers that require extra eye protection.

To protect your eyes on the job, you can take certain precautions.
˜ Know your dangers and risks
˜ Use machine guards, screens or other safety equipment
˜ Use proper eye protection. This includes protection in addition to prescription glasses.

Protective eyewear and equipment only works when used properly. Consult owners manuals and follow the guidelines for use, especially in high risk situations. Protect your eyes, you only have one pair.