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In honor of workplace eye wellness month I thought I would go over some things your business should know about eye/vision safety in the workplace.
According to the National Safety Council more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day; ten to twenty percent of those injuries will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. OSHA claims that eye injuries alone cost employers more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.
Experts believe that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries in accidents.
The most common causes for eye injuries in the workplace are:
- Flying objects (example: bits of flying metal or glass)
- Chemicals (including ink toner)
- Harmful radiation
- Any combination of these or other hazards
Your best defense against a possible eye injury is to know how you can prevent the injury in the first place. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I know the eye safety dangers at work? If not complete a eye safety assessment.
- Have I eliminated all hazards before starting work? This can be done by using goggles, machine guarding, work screens, or other engineering controls.
- Am I using the right type of eye protection for the task I am about to complete? See your safety administrator if you have any questions regarding the type of eye protection you should be using.
If your wanting to know when it’s appropriate to protect your eyes at work. The answer is simple. Wear safety eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury. Anyone working in or passing through areas that pose eye hazards should wear protective eyewear.
Not sure you have the right type of eye protection?
The type of safety eye protection you should wear depends on the hazards in your workplace. If you are working in an area that has particles, flying objects, or dust, you must at least wear safety glasses with side protection (side shields). If you are working with chemicals, you should wear goggles. If you are working near hazardous radiation (welding, lasers, or fiber optics) you must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed for that task.
I also suggest that you make sure that you have eye wash in your first aid kits as well as eye wash stations set up to make sure you are properly prepared for eye injury.
If you are not sure that you have the proper eye protection equipment and procedures in place for your business talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl
In honor of American Heart month I thought I would talk about one thing that your business could do to be prepared to deal with sudden cardiac arrest if it should happen.
Per the National Fire Protection Association, death from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States is 96 times as common as death from fire. However, most of us do not have an Automated External Defibrillator or AED machine on site.
AED machines are lightweight, portable devices that can jump start a persons heart by using an electrical pulse called a biphasic shock. Guiding the rescuer with a combination of simple and clear voice, text and graphical instructions, AEDs do nearly all of the work, enabling practically anyone save a life!
Here are some of the reasons why your company should consider investing in a portable AED machine and making early defibrillation a part of your emergency response plan:
- Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.
- Calling 911 is necessary, but the wait for first responders may take too long.
- Businesses with their own AED machines on site have the ability to respond, and to respond fast.
- OSHA now recommends automated external defibrillators in the workplace.
For more information on AED machines or AED machine training please contact American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl