Eye Hazard

Definition - What does Eye Hazard mean?

An eye hazard refers to any situation or material, such as dust, fumes or ejected metal objects from machines, that has the potential to cause harm to the eyes. Eye injuries are very serious because they can result in loss of vision.

Safeopedia explains Eye Hazard

Any situation or environment that is not favorable to the eye can be considered an eye hazard. For example, working in damp or moist conditions can cause fungal infection to the eye, making such conditions a potential eye hazard. Working with moving machines can also be hazardous, because they have the potential to eject flying debris.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of people in the U.S. are blinded each year by incidents that could have been prevented by the use of proper protective eye equipment. This includes prescription lenses and various types of safety goggles and glasses.

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