January is National Eye Care Month

Introducing IDG ECHOS: Effectively Communicating Hazards of Occupational Safety. Designed to deliver safety tips and communicate updates.

In observance of National Eye Care Month, IDG would like to emphasize the importance of eye and face protection.

News alert!

OSHA increases injury reporting requirements.

A new Federal Rule took effect Jan. 1, 2105 regarding workplace injuries.

Under this rule, employers are required to submit a report to OSHA within 24 hours whenever a workplace injury results in:

  1. The loss of an eye
  2. An amputation
  3. An in-patient hospitalization of one or more workers

Previously, reports were not required for amputations or eye loss, and companies had up to eight hours to report incidents that resulted in three or more workers being hospitalized. Fatalities must still be reported within eight hours. 

States with their own safety plans are encouraged to enact the rule by Jan. 1, 2016.

A wide variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available to keep you safe and injury free. Don't become another statistic! 1000 eye injuries occur each day in the U.S., and 90% of those injuries are preventable. That equates to over 28,ooo injuries each month that could have been averted. The most common types of PPE for eyes is safety glasses. They may look like everyday fashionable street-wear glasses but are not! 

The differences are:

  • Polycarbonate eyewear blocks 99.9% of UV rays
  • Extremely high resistance to shatter
  • Light weight and offers greater impact resistance
  • Offers various degrees of light radiation
  • Must meet ANSI Z87+ Standards

Remember, eye and face protection needs to be worn for:

  • Safety Eyewear: Used for moderate impact from particles produced by such jobs as carpentry, woodworking, grinding and scaling.
  • Face Shields: Protects the face from nuisance dusts and potential splashes of hazardous liquids.
  • Goggles: Protects eyes, eye sockets, and the facial area immediately surrounding the eyes from impact, dust and splashes.
  • Welding Shields: Protects eyes from burns caused by infrared or intense radiant light and protects face and eyes from flying sparks, metal splatter and slag chips produced during welding, brazing, soldering and cutting.

What can employers do to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment?

The employer must conduct a workplace hazard assessment, determine if hazards are present or are likely to be present, and decide on the proper PPE for the environment. Eye and face protection must comply with ANSI Z87. Click here to find out more about selecting proper PPE for the workplace. Another important step is providing adequate training for all workers who require PPE. When employees are trained to work safely they should be able to anticipate and avoid injury from job related hazards.

Take a peek at this video about the importance of wearing proper safety eyewear:

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