The month of July has been declared Eye Injury Prevention month. Aside from sports related injuries to the eyes, eye injuries commonly take place in both the home and the workplace. With more than 2,000 (estimated) eye injuries taking place daily in the workplace, a focus needs to be put on prevention and safety. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most of the eye injuries are a result of projectiles or sparks striking the eye which reinforces the necessity of wearing proper fitting protective eyewear. OSHA requires employers to provide their workers with the appropriate eye protection in the workplace for jobs at risk for eye injury. Other dangers to the eyes include chemicals as well as harmful radiation (including sun damage!). It is important that appropriate protection for your eyes be used depending on the hazards and risks of your specific workplace.
Access the US Department of Labor & OSHA fact sheet at: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FACT_SHEETS&p_id=142
For more info about preventing workplace eye injury visit Prevent Blindness America's Eye Safety at Work site including their Wise Owl Eye Safety Recognition Program