Oil extraction and mining are inherently dangerous areas of work.
With so much heavy machinery and moving parts, things can go wrong in a hurry. But there are smaller, more hidden dangers that lurk around the worksite. And they can come from any angle at any time.
We’re talking about eye safety hazards. If your eyes aren’t protected by safety glasses, you could be putting yourself at risk of irreversible injury. This could result in sight loss or worse.
In this post, we’ll break down why wearing safety glasses is such an important aspect of worker safety.
The Canadian Centre for Occupation Health and Safety guidelines state that safety glasses should be CSA-certified. Any pair of glasses used should also include the manufacturer and/or supplier identification marks.
Each pair should be selected to meet the required standards for each given work environment. For example, do the safety glasses pass the required impact resistance levels?
Be careful when selecting which safety glasses to supply to your team as not all products are created equal. Review the safety guidelines of your company and the demands of the workspace to help determine which safety glasses are the best fit for your team.
Maintaining a safe working environment is crucial to the continued success of operations. Furthermore, worker injuries, including eye injuries, can have a costly impact on the bottom line, as well as worker morale.
By insisting that each individual team member abides the safety standards, you’ll have a greater chance of avoiding injuries and keeping the team working together as a unit.
You’re likely well aware of all the safety hazards on your worksite. But as previously mentioned, liquids can splash and come at you from any angle. Due to this, having adequate eye protection is a crucial component of worker health and safety.
Here are the common types of eye safety hazards found on the work site:
This refers to anything that is or could become airborne. Projectiles are often created while drilling, grinding, and hammering materials.
Projectile hazards move through the air at a rapid pace and can cause extensive eye damage if they’re left unprotected. Recovering from projectile eye injuries involves an extensive treatment and healing process.
Ensure your safety glasses are rated to withstand the impacts that could occur on your worksite.
Chemical exposure can also cause extensive damage is not treated right away. To avoid eye contact with chemicals, consider safety goggles instead of glasses.
Goggles offer more comprehensive protection from splashing liquids. Their enclosed design helps protect the eyes in areas that other equipment doesn’t.
Have you ever accidentally looked at a welding arc? It hurts, doesn’t it? This is an example of a radiation hazard. And it doesn’t take much to damage the eye. If you’re welding, or know you’ll be around someone welding, take care to wear the proper type of eye protection.
When it comes to protecting your eyes, it’s all about options. Some types are better suited for some environments than others. Listed below are the common types of safety eyewear:
For those of you that wear prescription corrective lenses, you can opt to have your own custom pair of glasses made.
If you wear glasses, consult with your eye doctor about what type of equipment will work the best with your vision.
As previously mentioned, safety goggles offer greater protection from splashing liquids. If you know you’ll be working near chemicals, opt for a pair of safety goggles rather than glasses. They also offer greater protection from impacts.
Face shields and helmets should be used by anyone working directly with chemicals, heat, or for welding.
Welding, in particular, creates a huge risk for an eye injury. If you’re welding, make sure the equipment offer enough protection. Furthermore, safety face shields and helmets should always be used with an additional pair of glasses worn underneath.
If you wear contact glasses, don’t fret. While you can’t get away with only wearing contacts, you could avoid getting yourself a pair of prescription eye protection.
Contact lenses offer a wider range of view than glasses, so it might actually be a benefit. Contacts also have less visual distortion than prescription glasses.
Considering this, wearing contacts in combination with safety equipment could actually provide greater clarity than a pair of prescription safety glasses.
However, those that do wear contacts should take extra caution when donning their personal safety and protective gear. For example, if you work directly with chemicals, your company may not permit you to wear contact lenses.
Similar guidelines might apply to welders. Check with your foreman and optometrist to determine what equipment is appropriate.
In the event of an eye emergency, time is of the essence.
If the injury is the result of chemical exposure, do not try to neutralize it with another chemical. The eye needs to be flushed with water immediately for a duration of at least 15 minutes.
If the victim wears contacts, they should be removed as quickly as possible.
Not every case is the same, though. In the event of a moderate to severe eye injuries, do not hesitate to seek immediate medical attention.
Keeping yourself safe on the job is of the utmost importance. We here at Weaver Supplies are dedicated to providing you with the best safety products on the market.
Contact us today to learn how we can help meet your team’s safety requirements!
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