March is workplace eye safety month

March 5th, 2004 by Julie Ferguson

“In observance of March as Workplace Eye Safety Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association, and Eye M.D.s across the nation want to alert Americans to the possibility of eye injuries in the workplace.
According to Prevent Blindness America, each working day in the United States more than 2,000 employees sustain job-related eye injuries, making workplace injury a leading cause of ocular trauma, visual loss and blindness. Of these, 10 to 20 percent will be disabling because of temporary or permanent vision loss.”

The following are resources for employers and employees on regulations, personal protection equipment and eye injury prevention.
OSHA – eye and face protection
Toolbox talk – eye safety
10 Ways to Prevent Eye Injuries at Work
Eye injuries in construction