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Here’s how to proceed if someone suffers a cut or puncture to the eye or eyelid:
• Don’t wash out the eye.
• Don’t attempt to remove an object stuck in the eye.
• Cover the eye with a rigid shield, like the bottom half of a paper cup.
• Seek immediate medical care.
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Nearly 40% of work-related eye injuries happen in offices, healthcare facilities, or labs. According to the American Optometric Association, workers need eye protection when these potential eye hazards are present:
• Projectiles (dust, concrete, metal, wood and other particles)
• Chemicals (splashes and fumes)
• Radiation (especially visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation, and lasers)
• Bloodborne pathogens (hepatitis or HIV) from blood and body fluids
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We want to educate employers and employees about avoiding Digital Eye Strain. To help alleviate it, use the AOA’s 20/20/20 rule: Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.
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Are you at risk for Computer Vision Syndrome? Also known as Digital Eye Strain, it’s a group of eye problems caused by prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. The typical U.S. worker spends an average of 7 hours each day staring at a computer, either at work at or home.
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Did you know that 70% of all workplace facial injuries involve one or both eyes? Guidelines and eye safety policy should be easily accessible in your workplace. If you’re not sure where to find that information at work, bring it to the attention of your manager or supervisor.
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Men are 81% more likely than women to suffer an eye injury at work, and 10-20% of all workplace eye injuries result in temporary or permanent vision loss. Industries with the most work-related eye injuries include:
• construction
• manufacturing
• mining
• carpentry
• electrical work
• plumbing
• welding
• maintenance
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Make sure you wear the right product for the right hazard.
For example, goggles may be a better choice in environments with more dust because they can protect against material coming from all around the eye, while safety glasses might be better for direct impact. In grinding environments, a face shield may be necessary to protect not only the eyes but the face and neck area.
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Prescription for safety: Many people wear personal eyewear, or “streetwear” glasses, as protective devices. Keep in mind that those glasses have not been subjected to — or passed — any kind of performance test requirements like safety-approved eyewear has.
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The home/work connection: Safety professionals focus on keeping employees safe and healthy on the job, but workers’ productivity is affected just as much if they sustain injuries off the clock. The biggest challenge facing employers and safety professionals hasn't changed lately: getting employees to wear proper eye protection. With nearly half of all eye injuries occurring off the job, this is a challenge workers take home with them!
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Family members — especially children — often take an interest in home improvement projects. In some cases, the eyes of the parent performing the work may be protected, but a child standing nearby at a lower height actually is closer to the action than the person operating the equipment. In this scenario, they are prone to eye injuries.
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