According to NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), each day about 2000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment.
Not wearing eye protection or wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job are the main contributors to eye injuries. Three out of 5 injured employees were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident.
The main cause of eye injuries is flying particles. Almost 70% of the accidents studied resulted from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Injured workers estimated that nearly three-fifths of the objects were smaller than a pinhead.
Prevent eye injuries by always wearing effective eye protection. OSHA standards require that employers must provide workers with suitable eye protection. Employees must be trained on how to wear eye protection, what it will protect them from, and when safety glasses must be replaced.
Eye Safety Awareness Week – June 28 through July 4, 2020
NIOSH is a research and education institution, not a legal enforcement agency. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services.