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Get behind World Sight Day by using these four devices to protect your employees

by , 10 October 2013
Yesterday was World Sight Day (WSD). The day aims to raise awareness on blindness and vision impairment. The theme for this year's WSD is: Universal Eye Health. If you want to get behind this year's theme, you can play your role by protecting your employees against eye injuries. Here are four eye protection devices you can use to do just that.

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.

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