Nearly one million Americans have lost some degree of their sight due to an eye injury. More than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work each year. Luckily, 90% of all workplace eye injuries can be avoided by using proper safety eyewear.
We rely on our vision to accomplish the majority of tasks at home, at work, behind the wheel – and to stay out of harm’s way wherever we go. Our eyes are considered our windows to the world and provide the sense we rely on above all others.
When it comes to safety it’s all about the details. Being able to see what is missing in terms of protective equipment can make all the difference between whether an employee gets to go home at the end of the day.
This week, we challenged our followers on social media to look at this image and find the seven things wrong with this picture. As promised, here are the answers to our “What’s Wrong with This Picture Challenge"
1. NO EYE PROTECTION
While the man in the picture is wearing eyeglasses, he is not wearing a face shield or protective goggles. Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. According to OSHA Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.
2. NO MACHINE GUARD
Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled. This page contains general information on the various hazards of mechanical motion and techniques for protecting workers.
3. NEED ADJUSTMENT HANDLE FOR DRILL
The operator is trying to adjust his machine by hand. This may be a risk factor if the employee isn’t trained to correct the issue or gets their hands too close to moving parts. Having an adjustment handle can allow the operator to adjust the machine without the risk of getting their hands caught on moving machine parts.
4. NO EMERGENCY SHUT-OFF
In order to avoid accidents or hazardous energy issues, machines should be equipped with an emergency shut-off switch or a foot pedal.
5. NO FACE MASK/RESPIRATOR
If the machine emits harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors or sprays, it may be advisable for the operator to wear a face mask or a respirator to protect their lungs. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. According to OSHA, an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually.
6. SLEEVES PULLED BACK
The operator has their sleeves pulled back. While this may prevent their cuffs from getting caught in the machine, it also fails to protect their hands and arms. Also, if a cuff comes loose it could still get caught. Instead the operator should wear longer sleeves or use a protecting guard for their forearms.
7. EAR PROTECTION
The operator isn’t wearing any kind of ear protection. According to OSHA 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.
While it's impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers' compensation for hearing loss disability.
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Eye injuries in the workplace are very common, with about 20,000 eye injuries occurring each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). About one third of these injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments and often require one or more days of lost work. Eye injuries not only cause pain and suffering, but the costs are more than eye opening, adding up to $300 million annually in worker compensation, medical expenses, and lost production time, according to OSHA.
Eye injuries in the workplace are very common, with about 2,000 eye injuries occurring each day, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). However, many experts believe that the right eye protection can lessen the severity or even prevent 90 percent of eye injuries.
Let’s focus on eye protection. It’s clear to me that some employers get it. They provide the proper training and use of protective eyewear.
Unfortunately, the injury statistics tell us that so many employers don’t get it, which puts their employees (and their bottom line) at risk.
The purpose of today’s safety message is about eye protection. I'm sharing this information to help our readers see clearly the importance of protecting the eyes of your workers.
Each year thousands of employees are blinded from work related eye injuries. These injuries add up to $300 million in worker compensation, medical expenses, and lost time in production. To prevent eye injuries for your workers, eye protection must be available. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific standards dealing with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Workers must be provided eye protection when hazards such as chemical, optical radiation, impact, heat, and dust are present.