How many jobs in your facility could be performed by someone wearing a blindfold? Even a relatively minor eye injury can send a worker home for the day, so it makes not only safety sense but also business sense to protect workers’ eyes.
March is Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month, which makes this an appropriate time to talk about eye safety. The brief checklist below can help identify common eye hazards and select appropriate protection.
Identify Vision Hazards
- Are hazardous liquids that could spray or splash present in the workplace?
- Is flying debris generated in the workplace (for example, sawdust or metal shavings)?
- Are lasers used in the workplace?
- Does welding or grinding take place in the workplace?
- Could falling or flying object hazards occur in the workplace?
Implement Hazard Controls
- Are guards in place to control flying debris?
- Are restricted areas established to protect bystanders?Are workers trained in safe work practices that prevent spraying and splashing of hazardous liquids?
- Are workers trained in safe work practices that prevent creation of projectile hazards?
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- Is protection from particulates and solid materials, such as that provided by safety glasses, required? If yes, are side shields required?
- Is protection from spraying and splashing liquids, such as that provided by chemical safety goggles or face shields, required?
- Do workers need protection from harmful light radiation, such as lasers or welding arcs?
- Do workers need safety eyewear that is compatible with other equipment, such as hearing protection, head protection, or respiratory protection?
- Is a safety eyewash provided in areas where spraying or splashing of hazardous liquids may occur?
- Do workers know how to properly clean and store their protective eyewear?
- Do workers have access to prescription lenses for vision correction as needed?
- Do workers know how to obtain replacements for damaged safety eyewear?
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Protect Workers with Training
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Each lesson also includes completion certificates, sign-in sheets, evaluation forms, and training records. In short, it contains everything you need to motivate, reinforce, retain, and transfer new knowledge—and document that you did so.
Safety Training Presentation topics covered include:
—Portable Power Tool Safety
—Forklift Operator Safety
—Confined Space Safety
Of course, training needs change as OSHA introduces new requirements or as new work practices and technologies bring new hazards. To cover this, you receive a new CD every 90 days you’re in the program, each containing five additional or updated topics.
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