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Eye Protection Safety

Definition - What does Eye Protection Safety mean?

Eye protection safety is the action of assessing and removing the hazards in an environment which may cause various eye injuries. Since eye injuries are very common in various workplaces, it is important for employers to provide adequate eye protection safety for employees based on the specific hazards of the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides standards and regulations to follow respecting eye safety.

Safeopedia explains Eye Protection Safety

Common injuries to the eye include small slivers of metal or wood entering the eye when using powered tools, thermal burns (as with the use of arc welders without eye protection), chemicals in the form of strong acid or alkali causing damaging chemical reactions in the eye, blunt force trauma (such as when walking into an object while working), and infection from microbes (such as when performing medical procedures and having blood or other fluids splash into the eye).

To avoid these kinds of injuries, an appropriate risk assessment must be preformed in any potentially hazardous environment, and a safety plan must be adopted. This will include the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses or full face masks, and proper first aid training and equipment in case of injury. This should comply with federal regulations and standards.

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