According to Safety & Health Magazine, approximately 1,000 eye injuries occur a day in the United States. These
injuries are responsible for over $ 3 million annually in medical, lost production and workers’ compensation costs.
OSHA estimates that roughly 90% of all eye injuries are preventable simply by wearing proper safety glasses.
Accident studies reveal that flying or falling objects and sparks are responsible for the majority 70% of eye
injuries, and nearly 60% of the objects causing the injury are smaller than a pin head.
Many operations in your daily job tasks present eye hazards, including:
• Grinding, hammering or wood working that might cause large fragments or small particles to become
airborne and fly into the eyes
• Painting, spraying, metal working or spot welding
• Eye protection can be safety glasses, safety goggles, face shields or prescription glasses with safety lenses.
Ask your supervisor what eye protection is appropriate for your job.
If your work presents an exposure to eye hazards, wear your eye protection.