Eye Safety in the Workplace

Eye safety protection is important regardless of a worker’s occupation, from jobs that require extended use of computer screens to occupations such as construction or manufacturing that may expose workers to liquids, particles or debris that can damage the eyes.

In an office setting, many employees spend most of their day in front of a computer screen. It is not uncommon for office workers to experience symptoms of digital eye strain such as headaches, irritated eyes and blurred vision, which may be alleviated through proper office ergonomics such as using correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing, and posture, as well as taking regular breaks.

In industrial settings, eye protection can be critical to prevent eye injuries on the job, which starts by accessing the hazards associated with any given job. A welder may need special goggles to protect the cornea from hazardous radiation known as welder’s flash or arc eye, whereas a construction worker may need safety glasses with side shields to protect their eyes from particles or flying objects. Insisting on proper eye protection on the job is a must to protect worker safety.

Unfortunately, workplace eye injuries are not uncommon. Hundreds of thousands of eye injuries occur in the workplace every year and a staggering 90 percent of injuries are preventable. To ensure a healthful and safe workplace, workers should be aware of eye safety hazards and wear safety glasses or goggles at all times when hazardous conditions exist.

When you have suffered a workplace eye injury, first seek immediate medical help. Contact the temporary and permanent partial disability attorneys of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for immediate assistance with your Iowa work comp claim for your medical bills and lost wages at515.989.8529.