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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Respirators – Protection from Airborne Particles

What is a Respirator?

A respirator is a device worn over the face/mouth designed to protect the wearer from inhaling harmful dusts, fumes, vapors, or gases. Respirators come in a wide range of types and sizes used by all sorts of industries.
Respirators cover the nose, mouth, and sometimes the eyes and face. They provide protection from airborne particles including dust, mist, liquids and fumes, gases or vapors. Respirators range from single-use disposable masks, to reusable models with replaceable cartridges.

Why Should You Use a Respirator?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that deaths from work related respiratory diseases and cancers account for about 70% of all occupational disease deaths.

An estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. – US Department of Labor

Even “clean” industrial processes often generate large amounts of harmful particulate matter and require breathing protection. Respirators provide protection against work related respiratory diseases and cancers by filtering out harmful particulates.

How to Choose the Right Respirator

The contaminants, exposure, time, and concentration level of potential airborne particles is essential to know when choosing a respirator. If used in the workplace, a respiratory protection program must be in place according to the requirements set by OSHA Respiratory Protection Standards.

 

Styles of face masks to consider:

Half Face Mask:half face masks

  • Protects nose and mouth
  • Found in particulate and chemical cartridge/gas masks
  • Both in disposable and reusable respirator models
  • Eyewear and additional face protection may be needed

Full Face Mask:full face masks

  • Protects eyes, nose and mouth
  • Found in particulate and chemical cartridge/gas masks
  • Reusable respirators only

Respirator valve variations:

Valved:valved

  • One-way exhalation valve near the mouth
  • Allows user to experience cool, dry comfort
  • Found on these respirator types
  • Disposable and reusable particulate respirators
  • Chemical cartridge/gas mask respirators

Non-valved:non-valved

  • No vents to allow air movement
  • Hot air may build up inside respirator with long period of continuous use
  • Found only on disposable, particulate respirators

Respirator cartridges and filters:

Cartridges:cartridges

  • Used in respirators to protect against gases and vapors
  • Chemical cartridges block out vapors but not particles
  • Dual cartridges include a replaceable pre-filter to block airborne particles
  • Found on these respirator types
  • Disposable and reusable particulate respirators
  • Chemical cartridge/gas mask respirators

Filters:filters

  • Used in respirators to protect against airborne particles
  • Replacements are widely available
  • Not found in disposable respirators
  • Found in both particulate and chemical/gas mask respirators

 

Respirator Ratings

Respirators are rated by the type of contaminants and how much they filter out. Each rating has a letter (N) and number (95). The numbers refer to the percentage of one-micrometer particles removed during trials.

United States NIOSH standards define the following categories of particulate filters:

Oil resistance Rating Description
Not oil resistant N95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles
N99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
N100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles
Oil Resistant R95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles
R99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
R100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles
Oil Proof P95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles
P99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
P100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles

 

Protect yourself and your employees from harmful airborne particles with the right respirator.

Stay healthy and safety compliant by using respirators!

 

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