October is Eye Safety and Injury Prevention Month. The observance reminds us to protect our eyes whether we are at home, on the job, or on the sports field or court. Studies show that more than half of eye injuries happen at home with the rest occurring while we are at work or participating in recreational activities.
Work-related eye injuries often occur in factory or warehouse settings. In these areas, there are many moving parts, and the risk of flying or falling objects is high.
If you work in the assembly business or in a factory or warehouse setting, here are some things to watch for:
- Chemicals – Dangerous chemicals, such as corrosive cleaning solutions and battery acids, are common in the assembly industry. These chemicals could burn the skin and eyes. Companies can reduce risks by properly labeling their containers. Instructions for safe handling of chemicals should be posted in conspicuous places in the work area. Procedures for exposure treatments should be detailed in advance and an evacuation plan should be established. Every employee must be given training on how to recognize the symptoms of chemical exposure and how to administer first aid to workers in distress.
- Heavy and moving machinery – Workers can be overconfident or careless when handling machinery, which can result in serious injury or death. Untrained workers should not have access to machines. Operators must be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
- Falls – Working in high places and on uneven surfaces is extremely hazardous. Workers must wear protective equipment, including eye goggles or masks. If employees are heading into hazardous conditions, they should be thoroughly trained on how to avoid dangers. They should work in teams when performing perilous jobs so they can support each other.
- Fires – Fires could break out when chemicals and spark-producing equipment are used. Chemicals are common at assembly businesses. So are soldering irons, welding machines, torches, and other equipment that produce sparks and flames. Workers should not become complacent. Accidents could easily arise from plain carelessness, endangering workers’ lives.
At EMS Solutions, we strongly support the promotion of eye safety in the workplace and believe in adhering to regulations to ensure the well-being of our employees.