Because you only get two eyes, and we can’t replace them if something goes wrong! Eye injuries in the workplace are common, but they’re also easily avoidable in the majority of cases.
Safety glasses are so important because in nearly 60% of workplace eye injuries, the wounded party did not believe the protective equipment was required. Imagine how many fewer injuries we could have if everyone took the right precautions at work.
Of course, not every accident is avoidable. Let’s look at the most common eye injuries and how safety glasses can help.
It’s such a common scene: a blasé worker doesn’t think they’re likely to injure themselves, and the safety equipment isn’t designed by Ray Ban, so they toss them aside and carry on. No one can predict a wayward splash of oil, or a flying piece of woodchip. If your employer says wear safety equipment, you can bet it’s not for the good of their own health!
We know that in some jobs, wearing safety glasses can be very inconvenient when the risk of injury is quite low. As a rule, here are a few situations where you should definitely be wearing safety eyewear:
To use an old adage, it’s definitely be better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your eyes.
The specific safety eyewear to use can vary hugely depending on your situation. It could be that traditional safety glasses, goggles with side protection or even entire face shields are best suited to protecting your eyes from injury. Do the research and make sure that whenever you’re working in a potentially hazardous environment, you use the right safety equipment.
Physically protecting your eyes is priority number one. However, there are various other steps you can take to minimise the chance of injury. For example:
People will always be unfortunate and fall victim to poor luck, but that doesn’t account for the 700 Canadians who are subject to eye injuries on the job every single day. If you take the appropriate steps, then the chances of being injured are hugely reduced. Remember that a serious injury could result in impaired vision, time off work and possibly blindness in extreme cases.
It’s not worth the risk; use safety glasses.