Eye Safety-Take it personally!

Safety at work bannerEye injuries happen everyday and when they do it impacts more than the person injured. Employers lose a valued employee, familes share the challenges of vision loss  with their loved one and the worker is a risk of losing a career they've worked so hard to build. 
Whether we realize it or not, every day we place our eyes at risk while we are at work, at home or at play, if we are not wearing protective eyewear. 
Summer is the season of sun, outdoor fun, fireworks and for those so inclined yard work and home improvement projects. Be sure to wear your protective eyewear.
Here are some valuable safety tips for your eyes
  • Wearing eye protection wherever and whenever a hazard exists is important, but did you know that wearing the wrong type of eye protection can be just as dangerous as not wearing any eye protection at all? Conducting a hazard assessment is the first step in determining the needed features of eye protection devices in your workplace. Choosing the right protection for each of these hazards is critical because a wrong choice could lead to a serious eye injury.

  • For young workers aged 15-24 the number of eye injuries each year is on the rise. As a young worker entering the workforce it can be both exciting and overwhelming. It is important to be prepared and to know your rights and responsibilities. It is also important to accept personal responsibility for your own safety. When starting a new job remember to ask lots of questions. Understanding instructions means that you will have a much greater chance of doing the work properly and safely. 

  • The term “safety eyewear” can mean many things, so know what yours is meant to protect you from. If it keeps out harmful chemicals it might not necessarily protect you from a high-speed projectile. If it’s practically bulletproof it might not necessarily be designed to keep out small, airborne particulates. Find out all you can about exactly what features you need in your protective eyewear. A workplace assessment will help you determine the level of protection required to keep your eyes safe.  

Protect Your Eyes

A simple pair of CSA approved wraparound safety sunglasses can help shield your eyes from flying particles and foreign materials. Regular prescription glasses or regular sunglasses should never be a substitute for safety sunglasses. Neither the lens nor frames are designed to withstand blunt force trauma. If you wear prescription lens, talk to your optometrist about placing that prescription in a pair of CSA approved safety glasses. 

First Aid

If you do get dust or other foreign material in your eyes, try gently flushing your eyes with lukewarm water.  If  the particle remains in the eye, or think that you’ve injured the eye, don’t delay, visit the nearest hospital emergency room immediately, as time can be of the essence in treating eye  and preventing bacteria from damaging the eye.

If you are not sure what type of protective eyewear you  will need -visit Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety online.

CNIB can help employers keep their workers safe. We   also provide eye safety workshops to high school and  college students.

If you are an employer or educator and would like to  introduce this program to your workers or students  contact CNIB:

To book Eye Safety Workshops in Newfoundland and Labardor you can contact: 

Debbie A. Ryan
Coordinator, Vision Health Promotion & Communications
CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador
P. 709 754 1180 x 5811
C. 709-685-7263
E. Debbie.Ryan@cnib.ca  

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To book Eye Safety Workshops in the Maritimes you can contact: 

CNIB, Maritime Provinces
P. 902.453.1480 x 5716

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