Eye injuries can cause permanent disability. Different types of work in Rhode Island require various levels of protective eyewear and safety measures, but there are some universal tips for protecting your eyes in the workplace.
Wear the right eyewear
When working in a hazardous environment, make sure you are wearing the appropriate protective eyewear. This could include safety glasses, goggles, or a face shield. Make sure the eyewear fits comfortably and provides adequate coverage for your eyes. It should also be approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or another relevant body.
Be aware of your environment
Pay attention to the potential hazards present in your workspace. Ensure you know of dangerous objects or activities that could threaten your vision. This could include objects or debris flying toward your eyes, working around bright lights, or using powerful tools and machinery. If you are unsure of any potential dangers, consult your supervisor or safety guide.
Keep your eyewear clean
Dirty eyewear can reduce clarity and leave your eyes vulnerable to injury. Ensure you keep your protective eyewear clean by wiping it down with a soft cloth and using the cleaning solution provided by your employer.
Take frequent breaks
Resting your eyes periodically can help reduce the strain from prolonged exposure to bright lights or hazardous chemicals. Make sure you take regular breaks throughout the day for your safety and the safety of your vision.
Seek medical attention if needed
If you experience eye pain or discomfort at work, immediately report it to your supervisor and seek medical attention. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if the injury is work-related. Ensure you document the incident and follow the proper procedure for filing a claim.
Your eyesight is valuable, so take the necessary safety measures while working. Your employer should provide the appropriate information and resources to keep your eyes safe. Follow these tips to protect your vision and reduce the risk of injury.