Protecting Your Eyes at Work
- Not wearing eye protection
- Wearing the wrong kind of protection.
In this article we’ll cover Potential Eye Hazards at Work and How To Work With Your Employer To Get Safety Glasses.
Potential Eye Hazards at Work
- Projectiles (metal, dust, wood and other materials which could be lodged in the eye)
- Chemicals (the splashes and fumes)
- Radiation (visible light, UV radiation, infrared radiation and lasers)
- Bloodborne pathogens (blood or body fluids that contain hepatitis or HIV)
- When you work in a setting that has flying objects or dust, safety glasses with side shields are recommended.
- When working with chemicals, wear goggles.
- Use safety equipment when working near hazardous radiation, such as welding or fiber optics.
Evaluate Potential Hazards
Don’t rely on your conventional glasses with side shields to protect your eyes. Your eyewear should be OSHA-compliant for your situation.
Computer Vision Syndrome Is Another Work-Related Issue
- Making sure computers are placed at least 20 inches away from your face, and about 4 to 6 inches lower than your eyes.
- Reduce glare in the office. Side lighting, blocking light from windows and using lower wattage light bulbs can help make screens easier to see. Another idea is to install anti-glare screens on the computers.
- Make sure workers have adequate breaks. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away from the computer screen for 20 seconds at something that is at least 20 feet away.
- Rest eyes for at least 15 minutes after 2 hours of using the computer.