A Serious Reality: Workplace Eye Safety Compliance

Piece of Wood Lodged in Eye

Piece of wood lodged in a workers cornea.

We’re wide-eyed in (happy!) surprise over a recent mention on eye protection in the workplace – the Lakeside Vision blog gave our safety glasses a shout-out in their “Protecting Your Eyes at Work” post, and we’re thrilled! Eye safety compliance in the workplace is one of our chief concerns here at Safety Glasses USA, and many of our customers are business owners looking for the ideal safety glasses for their team members. We talk about the benefits of safety glasses on nearly all of our blog posts, but many people still don’t wear the proper eye protection at work – until the worst happens, of course.

If you’re a faithful wearer of safety glasses, we’re giving you a pat on the back! Oftentimes however, you may need to give a loved one a needed push to ensure those safety glasses stay on, or again convince your team members that safety glasses are truly for their safety and not just another regulation. Here’s just one firsthand example from the Lakeside Vision team on what can happen when you fail to wear safety glasses:

  • A demolition worker was doing his typical day-to-day work – sans safety glasses – when a board hit him directly in the eye. The man waited a few days, thinking his eye would heal on its own, instead of contacting his eye doctor. His eye unfortunately only became slightly better. He finally went to the doctor, who found a piece of the wood still in his cornea. The wood had penetrated through about half of the cornea. Immediate surgery was required, and a plug was inserted into his cornea to prevent leaking. The man is doing fine, but oh, we hope he wears safety glasses from now on!

It’s firsthand examples and stats on the danger that can occur in literally a second that propel staff and family members to wear safety glasses. Here’s some workplace eye safety statistics that you can communicate to your team to make your business a zero injury zone in 2012:

  • The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of those involved in eye accidents, three out of five victims were not wearing safety glasses or safety goggles. We can’t stop accidents from occurring, but we can help you stay safer should they occur.
  • 70% of eye injuries were caused by flying particles or sparks, with many of these objects smaller than even a pinhead! These are items moving so fast and so small that there isn’t a chance you’ll see them, but there’s a big chance safety glasses will prevent them from hitting your eyes.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 94% of eye injuries that occurred when workers were wearing eye protection were the result of chemicals and particles penetrating the space around the eyewear. Think safety goggles for a needed firm fit around your eyes.

Eye protection in the workplace is a serious matter, and it often takes real-life examples and statistics to reinforce to your family members and staff that eye injuries can happen to anyone – at anytime. The workplace should feel safe and secure, and our knowledge and expertise at Safety Glasses USA – and talented eye doctors like those at Lakeside Vision and all across the country, help make workplace eye safety a reality.

Ali Saporito About Ali Saporito

Hi there! I'm Ali Saporito, and I'm happy to be posting on the Safety Glasses USA blog. I've always been an avid believer in putting safety first - after all, it truly isn't fun if someone gets hurt. I'll be posting on a variety of safety topics, and I welcome you to share your own viewpoints by posting comments on each post.

"Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent." ~Author Unknown