The eyes are the most important tool for every worker in the United Kingdom. However, it is quite distressing that – every year – thousands of eye accidents occur in the workplace. Several accidents are minor, yet there are other accidents (around 10 to 20 percent) that result in full or partial blindness. Employers and staff are thus mandated to be mindful of eye safety and it is important to use safety glasses in the workplace, especially for workers in heavy industries.
In the workplace, the usual causes of eye problems are harmful air particles, chemical spillages, radiation, accidents with tools, and flying wood, metal, and glass. Certain of these causes pertain to a specific kind of work. The employer must then identify the accident’s potential by performing a Risk Assessment. If one has a workplace-related eye safety concern or if one is a staff member or an employer, he or she may review the Risk Assessment. They may discuss the assessment and act on any omissions as soon as possible.
Any particular action is having knowledge on what to do. The most important thing is removing hazards to eye safety. However, this is not always possible in practice and, in certain industries, it’s easy to identify where screens and machine guards can help to protect the eyes of the operator. Secondary is using safety eye protection and, in theory, it is important to wear sturdy protection for the eyes if there is a possibility of injury to the eyes.
This is applicable in scenarios like engineering, laboratory work, and construction. One of the usual kinds of eye protection is work safety glasses. They come as prescription or non-prescription glasses. There’s also a wide array of other products that includes respirators, which cover the mouth and eyes. There are also face shields, goggles having side shields, and helmets for jobs like welding.
For work safety glasses, the lenses are normally made of plastic, polycarbonate, or glass. While they are good at resisting chemical splashes and scratches, glass lenses may be heavy. Plastic is also a good scratch-resistant material and it is also light and not prone to misting. Polycarbonate is the strongest and the lightest. Polycarbonate – although shatter-resistant – may develop scratching marks quicker than glass or plastic.
Work safety glasses are a great way to protect eyes while working. However, one must know how to administer first aid the moment any injury to the eyes occurs. This consists in part of what the person should not do. If the eye injury is caused by a foreign object, the injured person should not rub the eye as rubbing may cause significant damage. If an object lodges itself in the eye, the injured person should not pull the object out but let the hospital staff handle it.
However, if the eye injury comes from grit or dust, pulling the upper eyelid above the lower eyelid and eventually blinking could help. Eye safety can also cover computer screens, of which prolonged exposure may lead poor vision, tiredness, and eyestrain. Therefore, when applicable, one has to use work safety glasses to protect one’s eyes from harmful elements.