From office employees to construction workers, being on the job presents different eye care challenges.
Mar 01, 2018
Joanne works on a construction crew. She decides to use her automatic saw to start cutting pieces of wood, except she forgets to put her safety goggles on. A small sliver of wood flies into her eye. She steps away and finds the nearest sink to wash her eyes out for fifteen minutes. Her colleagues tell her that if the wood chip is larger than a speck, to seek immediate medical attention. They also tell her – make sure to wear your goggles next time!
Eye care is a 24-hour job. From office employees to construction workers, being on the job presents different eye care challenges. For Workplace Safety Month, we offer you a few tips to give your eyes the protection and care they need on the job.
Eye Protection in Factories
Extra care needs to be taken, especially for those in factory, outdoor, construction or laboratory and medical settings or those who work with hazardous materials, tools or machinery. Small particles can cause scratches to the eye; sharp objects like nails and wood slivers can puncture the eyes; and chemical products can be harmful to eye tissue.
Here are a few precautions you can take in these environments:
Wear the proper eye protection your job issues
Make sure safety eyewear is in good condition
Make sure the proper guarding/shielding is installed
Don’t rub eyes with dirty hands or clothes
In medical environments, observe regulations and precautions to take care around the bodily fluids of others1
And in Cubicles
Even office employees can suffer from eye problems. Eye strain can still occur from looking at a computer screen for too long, or too closely. Dry eye syndrome happens when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, and may be impacted by office air conditioning systems.2 Here are some tips to give your eyes some care:
Place your screen about 25 inches away from the eyes and slightly below eye level
Practice 20-20-20: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away
To reduce screen glare, try using a matte screen filter
Remember to blink
Hydrate or try over-the-counter eye drops
Practicing good eye care can make all the difference!