6 Tips for Workplace Eye Safety

6 Tips for Workplace Eye Safety

 

October is National Eye Injury Prevention Month, and as simple as it sounds, your workers can best protect themselves by wearing their safety glasses.

Each day about 2000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. – CDC

 

Here’s 6 Tips for Workplace Eye Safety to keep you safe this month and beyond!

 

Tip 1. Match Your Protection to Your Hazards


OSHA requires using eye and face protection for workers exposed to hazards that can be injurious to the eyes. This can include flying objects, chemicals, vapors, particles, and harmful light radiation. Does your work area require protective eye-wear? To find out conduct a thorough walk through and assess all types of hazards present. Then, select the appropriate safety eyewear.

 

Tip 2. Clear, Safe Views


Safety eyewear must provide physical protection as well as a clear view when being used. Today’s advances in lens coatings provide more ways than ever to ensure optical clarity, even in extreme environments.

In high-grit or high-particulate environments, anti-scratch eyewear is a necessity. Lenses treated with anti-scratch hardcoat can provide up to five times more scratch resistance than untreated lenses.

Hot or humid environments would benefit from anti-fog safety glasses which deliver long-lasting protection from condensation.

Coated lenses afford exceptional value as they are more durable than non-coated lenses and last longer.

When workers can see clearly through their protective lenses, they are more likely to wear the them continuously resulting in a better protected workforce.

 

Tip 3. Comfortable Compliance


Workers are more likely to remove safety eyewear if its uncomfortable or unsightly, even if there are hazards present. The safety glasses of today range in style and offer superior comfort

By being mindful of proper fit and comfort, as well as style, safety managers can help ensure employees’ acceptance of protective eyewear and boost safety compliance.

 

Tip 4. Safety Culture Commitment


A comprehensive safety culture starts at the top, with eye safety. Our eyes are worth protecting. With organization-wide commitment to eye safety practices, workers and managers alike can visibly confirm who is compliant, encourage those who aren’t, and provide positive feedback. Employees empowered to support their own safety and the safety of their peers’ are much more effective than a single safety authority.

 

Tip 5. Avoid the Cost of Not Protecting Workers


When a worker loses sight due to an accident, the cost to that individual is immense. What may not be as obvious are the staggering costs a company pays as a result of an eye injury.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workplace eye injuries cost employers more than $934 million in direct and indirect costs each year.

Eye injury-related costs to a company are complex and vary greatly. Before an eye injury occurs, consider what it may cost to your organization. Starting safe and maintaining safety is always cheaper than compensating after the event.

 

Tip 6. Eye Injury First-Aid

 

There are a lot of steps in the workplace to prevent eye injuries but you should still be prepared for them to happen.

Make sure to have a comprehensive first aid kit on hand to address any work-related injuries. In particular you should have eye wash and eye drops readily on-hand.

For minor irritation caused by dust or grit, eye wash rinse will likely do the trick. However, for more serious eye injuries (exposure to acids or chemicals) the use of an emergency eyewash station will be necessary.

 

When it comes to protecting your workforce, be sure that eye safety is a top priority.

 

The best practices of Workplace Eye Safety revolve around selecting and providing the proper eyewear, ensuring a clear view and comfortable fit, and empowering employees in a safety culture.  

Following these simple tips in your business can significantly overall safety strategy – and your bottom line.

 

Follow these 6 simple tips to ensure a safe work environment free of eye injuries.

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5 Tips for Flu Season

5 Tips for Flu Season

 

Did you know that 80% of infectious illnesses are spread through hands and surfaces?

Reduce cross-contamination of germs by keeping a clean and hygienic environment.

 

Follow these 5 simple tips to stay healthy during this flu season!

 

Tip 1: Wash Hands Often

Wash hands, especially before eating, after using the restroom, and after being outside. Use soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

This is the minimum recommended time to get your hands clean. It is also important to dry your hands with a fresh, clean towel.

 

Tip 2: Get Immunized

The flu virus can spread fast, so get vaccinated.

You can get vaccinated for H1N1 and the seasonal flu at the same time, in the same shot.

 

Tip 3: Use Anti-Viral Facial Tissue

Some cold and flu viruses can live up to 24 hours on regular tissues, so use an Anti-Viral facial tissue that will kill 99.9% of common cold viruses.

 

Tip 4: Cough or Sneeze into your Elbow

One sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infection droplets into the air at more than 100 MPH. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inner part of your sleeve at the elbow. Do you part to help reduce the fast spread of germs.

 

Tip 5.: Stay Home if Sick

Don’t get your workspace sick by showing up sick. Stay home if your’re sick. The work will wait, and you won’t spread your illness to coworkers.

 

Reduce cross-contamination of germs by keeping a clean and hygienic environment.

 

You can also fight viruses and stay protected with Curad Anti-Viral Face Masks.

 

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Improving Academic Lab Safety

Improving Academic Lab Safety

The importance of safety education and incident reporting.

After recent incidents at UCLA and Texas Tech University, academic institutions are looking to improve lab safety. Officials are focusing on the issues of safety education, near-miss reporting and safety culture.

“If people understand the ‘why’ behind things, they’re more likely to do what they need to do.” Robert H. Hill, American Chemical Society

 

A report from the National Research Council states that major groups and leaders at universities need to be involved in lab safety and creating a safety culture.nrc

The American Chemical Society is working on safety education guidelines, looking into a centralized reporting system for incidents, and finalizing guidance on identifying hazards.

acsACS also wants academic institutions undergraduate chemistry departments to have a committee that promotes safety culture.

Academic labs are improving their safety, as young researchers are more aware, young faculty place higher priority on safety, and lab designs are becoming more secure. Continuous underlining of the importance of safety is vital to seeing positive change to the safety culture.

 

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Have a look at our Disposable Apparel products and stay safe.