Eye safety at the work site should be a priority for both employers and employees.
Bifocal Safety Glasses
A review of the statistics is sobering news, indeed. A CDC release from 2000 revealed that every day, more than 2,000 workers in the United States receive some form of medical treatment due to eye injuries suffered at work. Each year more than 800,000 eye injuries occur at the work place.
A sample of 300,000 work-related eye injuries that resulted in visits to a hospital emergency room was closely examined. This sample amounted to 22.2 cases (roughly one quarter) per 10,000 full time employees. 70% of the recorded injuries resulted from “contact with an object or equipment.” 26% was caused by “exposure to harmful substances or environments.” Here is the breakdown on the sources that lead to eye injury:
- Scrap, waste, or debris (34%)
- Chemicals or chemical products (14%)
- Persons, plants, animals, and minerals (9%)
- Parts and materials (6%)
- Welding torches (6%)
What makes these statistics so frightening is that the large majority of these injures could have been prevented. Safety glasses are the most cost-effective and readily-available means to avoid such injury, yet many workers fail to put them to use. The reasons are many. One leading excuse is “I need reading glasses, and I can’t see well up close if I wear my safety glasses.”
Don’t let this excuse lead to your eye injury. If your work (or your recreational hobbies or tasks) involves the potential for eye damage, and you need the lower-lens magnification of a pair of reading glasses or bifocals, simply pick up a pair of safety bifocals.