Like vegetables, safety goggles every day are good for you. At least, that’s what you’ve always been told. But are they really necessary?
According to an article on EHS Today’s web site, “nearly three out of five injured workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job.” A more consistent use of safety glasses would not only reduce the $300 million per year eye injuries rack up in worker compensation, medical expenses, and lost production; it could save you from losing your one and only pair of eyes.
WHEN TO WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES
Some job sites seem more obviously risky than others, like demolitions or projects involving strong chemicals. However, even seemingly “low key” work situations can present significant risk. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “70 percent of eye injuries studied resulted from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Injured workers said that nearly three-fifths of the objects were smaller than a pinhead.”
With even pinhead-sized objects resulting in injury, it’s important to wear protective eyewear during any of the following situations:
- Jobs where projectile fragments of any size could come from concrete, wood, or metal
- Situations in which dangerous chemicals could splash, or even bring fumes to, your eyes
- Sites involving bright lights or radiation, such as UV or lasers
- Tasks dealing with bodily fluids that might contain viruses
MAKING YOUR GOGGLES COUNT
Like hard hats, the best pair of safety goggles in the world won’t protect you when left on a shelf or the backseat. It’s important to get goggles that are comfortable enough, even stylish in color or design, so that you wear them regularly. Too many times, safety equipment becomes “optional” by default, simply because you can’t tolerate how they look and feel.
It’s not only important to get goggles that you like wearing. It’s imperative that they are the right ones for the job. Another BLS survey found that 94 percent of injuries to workers wearing eye protection resulted from objects or chemicals going around or under the protective device. Proper fittings done by safety equipment professionals can mean the difference between an uneventful or tragic day on the job.
With Amston protective eyewear, your safety is our top priority. Learn more about Amston’s safety goggles and explore our other safety products.