• July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

    ImageEyeProtectionDid you know that more than 2,000 eye injuries occur each day? That is over 80 injuries an hour and more than 1 per minute! But there is good news. An estimated 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented when the proper safety eyewear is used.

    Since July is National Eye Injury Prevention Month, it’s a good time to review your policies and procedures in place to protect the eyes of your workforce.

    Given the importance of eyesight, eye protection should always be a top priority in any workplace. One thing to remember  is that preventing eye injuries is not complicated or tedious. Aside from the basics (wearing safety glasses and goggles while working), following the acronym APPFERT can help ensure an eye accident-free workplace.

    • ASSESS your facility to identify hazardous areas and provide the proper eye safety equipment.
    • PLAN for emergencies by making sure eyewash and first aid stations are easily accessible and identifiable.
    • PROTECT your eyes with approved safety eye equipment for your specific job hazard.
    • FIT eyewear to your face by consulting with an eye care professional.
    • EDUCATE on hazards and proper safety practices by having proper training programs in place.
    • REVIEW your facility’s accident prevention policies and procedures with employees on a regular basis.
    • TEST your vision during routine physical exams to help prevent accidents due to uncorrected vision problems.

    As the old saying goes: “Prevention is better than a cure.” This applies to eye injuries too. These are easy tips to remember and they can dramatically decrease eye injuries in your workplace.


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