According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment.
Many of these visual impairment cases are preventable.
Seeing as you have a duty to keep your employees safe, make use of these four devices to protect your employees against eye injuries.
Here are four common eye protection devices your employees can use to prevent eye injuries while on the job
#1: Safety glasses: Your employees can use safety glasses to protect themselves against flying objects, dust and particles.
#2: Goggles are effective eye protection against splashes, sprays and respiratory drops.
#3: Face shields: Face shields are intended to protect the entire face or portions of it from impact hazards such as flying fragments, objects, large chips, and particles, says the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
#4: Welding helmets are headgear used to protect the eyes, face and neck. They can be used in conjunction with goggles, face shield or welding respirator to protect eyes and surrounding tissue from cutting and welding light, which can cause severe burns, says the Health & Safety Advisor.
Remember, more than 2 000 people injure their eyes at work each day, leading to absenteeism and permanent loss of vision. So provide your employees with these eye protection devices and make sure they use them.