The Challenge: Eye Injuries are Prevalent in the Workplace
Every day, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a work-related eye injury that requires medical treatment.1 This is a problem for both employers and their workers because about 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover.2
Eye Injuries occur for two main reasons:
• Not wearing eye protection. Nearly three out of every five workers injured were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident.3
• Wearing the wrong eye protection for the job. 40% of the injured workers were wearing some form of eye protection when the accident occurred. However, these workers were most likely to be wearing protective eyeglasses that offered inadequate eye protection.3
The Opportunity: Most Eye Injuries are Preventable
Experts believe that the correct eye protection could lessen the severity of or even prevent 90% of eye injuries. Compliance and education play a major role in preventing these injuries.
Workers always need to wear eye protection and to be effective, the eyewear must be of the appropriate type for the hazard encountered and properly fitted.3
Even though the vast majority of employers furnished eye protection at no cost to employees, about 40% of the workers received no information on where and what kind of eyewear should be used.3
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1 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
2 http://www.preventblindness.org © 2011 Prevent Blindness America.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics. 4 U.S. Eye Injury Registry Summary Report, 1998-2002