The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces a standard that will have workers use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to hazards of the eye or face, such as dangerous liquids, vapors, radiation, chemicals, and flying particles.
These hazards can cause blindness if inappropriate eye safety measures are taken. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, when both employers and employees should take time to learn about the dangers of not using the right eye/face protection and how to better protect their vision.
In addition to wearing face protection or safety glasses, OSHA compliant safety signs for eye protection will let workers know about what areas of your workplace require appropriate protective equipment. The glasses, safety goggles, and protective shields should always be adjusted for proper fit, kept clean for visibility, stored properly, and used in conjunction with preventive dust/fog sprays when needed.
These safety precautions, when coupled with vision protection, greatly increase eye safety for workers.
Eye safety isn't exclusive to the workplace either! Eyestrain from working on a computer or poorly lit desk can hurt your vision, and although they seem safe, activities such as working on your car, cooking, and doing yardwork contribute to 40% of accidents that cause blindness!
Value your vision and use the necessary eye safety equipment at home and on the worksite. It is estimated that 700,000 American workers hurt their eyes annually, but 90% of the injuries could have been avoided with the correct use of eye safety equipement.