Today I wanted to take a break from talking about the heat. I wanted to talk about the responsibility of both the employee and employer on protecting workers eyes. This may seem like it falls on the employee to wear his or her eye protection, but I believe there are things that can be done by the employer, management, and the safety team to help facilitate this as well.
The first step is to create a safe working environment. Take the extra house keeping steps to minimize falling or unstable debris in the working area. Make sure that the tools people are using have safety features and guards. And make sure that new and seasoned workers are using tools properly. Another thing management can do is evaluate the safety hazards. Per OSHA requirements make sure you are identifying and posting about hazards in and area and the proper PPE is available. Also make sure that the workers are wearing their PPE. This is a biggy. They complain about fogging glasses and pinching behind their ears or on there nose, so get a good piece of eye protection. King Operator offers several options such as the Sight Savers® FogShield XP® Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Tissues and the comfort of the North A800 Series Safety Glasses. Also make sure that employees are inspecting their PPE before each use to make sure it is not damaged or too worn to be effective or fit properly.
Require that your employees use safe work practices. Teach them how working safely and efficiently will benefit both of you. Get debris off your body and out of your hair, don’t rub your eyes with dirty hands, make sure no debris has collected in your head protection. These things seem simple but they can cause injury to the eye and everyone doesn’t always think about these things when they are trying to get the job done. Also clean your lens properly and often with Uvex Clear® Lens Cleaning Tissues.
Make sure that you are prepared for injuries by providing Eyewash and First Aid at your job-site or facility. Also remember the summer special, the Sqwincher Powder Pack™ Dry Mix. It is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for $130.00. These are 80 pack cases down from $189.22. Feel free to call 317.503.8611 or email with other questions or comments. Have a great week and be safe.
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