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Eye injuries in the workplace: Here's what you need to know

by , 24 August 2015
Workplace incidents relating to eye injuries are a common occurrence. If one happens, it can severely hamper production while adding pressure to you through medical expenses and worker compensation. Also, the stress of having to investigate the incident can become unbearable if not done properly.

So, here is what you need to know about eye injuries in the workplace, including how to minimise them:


Do you know the internal and external processes you must follow when conducting an incident investigation?

Whenever you place a claim for one of your employees with COID, the Compensation Commissioner examines your incident report in great detail. 
He checks that every detail of the workplace accident or occupational injury has been included along with all the details of your investigations. 
Miss just one point and he'll delay your claim and compensation will now be your problem!

Who are mostly affected by eye injuries in the workplace? 

Hazards that could potentially lead to eye injuries are found in almost every industry. 

But many injury studies suggest that workers such as grinders, sanders, plumbers and many general workers are at risk. 

Manufacturing and construction industries pose the greatest risk.

What workplace dangers are associated with eye injuries? 

The most common dangers associated with eye injuries include: 

Tiny flying particles;
Swinging objects; and
Chemicals making contact with the eye.

How can workers protect themselves?

There are six basic steps that you must ensure your workers follow so as to minimise eye injuries in the workplace: 

1. They must wear their eye protection.
2. They must wear the correct eye protection for the specific task they are carrying out.  In other words, the eye protection must suit the hazard.
3. It is important that they ensure their eye protection fits properly.
4. The protective equipment must allow air to circulate between the lens and their eyes.
5. Ensure that eye protection is regularly checked for any damage. If it is, get it reported and replaced it immediately. 
6. Train your employees to clean their eye protection before and after use. 
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