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Work-related Eye Injuries

Work-related Eye Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments by Injury Source (2000)

Work-related Eye Injuries

Each day more than 2,000 U.S. workers receive some form of medical treatment because of eye injuries sustained at work. More than 800,000 work-related eye injuries occur each year.

In 2000, 300,000 eye injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments (ED). This was 22.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. Of these workers, 80% were men. Compared with women, men had an eye injury rate 4 times higher (32.4 vs. 8.2 cases, respectively, per 10,000 full-time workers).

In 70% of cases, the injury was caused by contact with an object or equipment. In 26% of cases, the injury was caused by exposure to harmful substances or environments.

Injury sources were:

  • Scrap, waste, debris (34%)
  • Chemicals or chemical products (14%)
  • Person, plants, animals and minerals (9%)
  • Parts and materials (6%)
  • Welding torches (6%)

Data Source:

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Source:

Healthy People 2010 Vision. Fact Sheet: Eye Safety at Work is Everyone’s Business.

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  • Page last reviewed: February 27, 2008
  • Page last updated: February 27, 2008
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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