Chemicals in the eye and cuts or scrapes on the cornea are common eye injuries that occur at the work place. Other eye injuries come from splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure, and flying wood or metal chips.

Health care workers, laboratory and janitorial staff, and other workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases from eye exposures.

Workers may experience eye injuries on the job for two major reasons: Either not wearing eye protection or they were wearing the wrong kind of protection for the job.

Eye protection is needed when the following potential eye hazards are present:

  • Projectiles (dust, concrete, metal, wood and other particles)
  • Chemicals (splashes and fumes)
  • Radiation (especially visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation and lasers)
  • Blood borne pathogens (hepatitis or HIV) from blood and body fluids.

In addition, computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, describes a group of eye and vision related problems that results from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phones usage.

Hazards in your workplace determines the safety eye protection you should wear:

For example, if you are working in an area that has particles, flying objects or dust. At least you should wear safety glasses with side protections. If you are working near hazardous radiation (welding, lasers or fibre optics) you must use special purpose safety glasses, googles, face shields or helmets designed for that particular task.

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  1. bear onesie
    bear onesie says:

    Howdy! This article couldn’t be written much better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will send this information to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!


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