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Health alert: keeping an eye on eye protection.

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Hartford, CT: State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, 2008 Nov; :1-2
More than 2,000 workplace eye injuries occur EVERY DAY in the United States. A vast majority of employers provide eye protection at no cost to their employees, however 94% of eyewear being used by workers is not appropriate for the job being done and about 40% of the workers receive no eye safety training on where and what type of eyewear should be used. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 36,680 non-fatal work-related eye injuries occurred in private industry workplaces in 2004 at an estimated expense of $300 million in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker's compensation costs. A hazard assessment for each task should be performed prior to the use of any personal protective equipment. Adequate protection against the highest level of each hazard should be provided. Face shields should always be worn over primary eye protection (glasses or goggles). Persons whose vision requires prescription lenses must take further precautions as required by OSHA standards. Protective devices do not provide unlimited protection and are not an appropriate substitute for engineering, administrative or other controls.
Eyes; Eye-shields; Eye-protective-equipment; Eye-protection; Eye-injuries; Eye-damage; Personal-protective-equipment; Accidents; Accident-rates; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-factors; Hazards
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Health alert: keeping an eye on eye protection
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Connecticut Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division