Think of some excuse you have used (or heard others use) for not wearing your eye protection: they are not comfortable, they are dirty, they fog up, you were going to be doing a hazardous task for just a few seconds and did not want to stop and put them on.
While you may think some or all of these excuses sound like good reasons for not wearing your safety glasses or goggles at work, consider what could happen if an accident occurred and injured one or both of your eyes. Is it worth risking injury, or even blindness, for any one of those reasons? Absolutely not!
Here are some of the major requirements of the OSHA standards for eye and face protection that help protect you and me:
The lenses of eye protectors must be kept clean as dirty lenses restrict vision. They should be issued on a personal basis and used only by the person they are issued to. If reused they should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Eye protectors should be protected by being placed in suitable cases after each use.
Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.
"90% of occupational eye injuries could have been prevented if the victim was wearing proper eye and face protection."
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