It's your duty as an employer to watch over your employees. This includes looking out for risks that can cause eye injuries.
Eye injuries are often over looked and you may be tempted to forget about them and focus on more obvious injuries.
Don't! If one of your employees' eyes are injured at work, it may limit their ability to work, if not remove it all together.
And that's why you need to provide your employees with the following proper eye safety training to prevent this from happening.
Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement.
There are four common ways your employee can injure his eyes
To be able to give your employees proper eye safety training, you must first know what common eye injuries you must prevent. According to the Health and Safety Advisor
, these for the four most common;
1. Direct eye injuries such as chemical splash, foreign particle from grinding, mechanical injury (fall or bump, poke) and laser burn;
2. Sun exposure which can come from field work, manoeuvres and glare from in cockpit;
3. Infections caused by conjunctivitis, styes and blood splash; and
4. Eye strain, which they'll get from computer work and quality control inspections.
With all workplace injuries, prevention is better than cure. This is why you must stop eye injuries before they become a problem.
These are the three ways you can do that.
Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
• Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
• Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
• When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
• Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.
Three ways you can prevent an eye injury in the workplace
You can prevent 90% of eye injuries if you enforce this rule: All employees must wear safety eyewear if they're working in, or passing through, an area where they could get an eye injury. But you must also:
1. Complete a risk assessment and look for eye risks. Do an eye hazard assessment and ensure the employees know about eye safety dangers at work;
2. Remove hazards before starting work. You can install work screens, machine guarding, and other engineering controls to do this; and
3. Use proper eye protection such as proper eye goggles.
By following these three steps, you can ensure all your employees are safe and never suffer a serious eye injury.