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Safety Tips for Your Eyes

  • We all know that eye protection should be used wherever and whenever an eye injury hazard exists, but did you know that wearing the wrong protection can be just as dangerous as not wearing any eye protection at all? Conducting a hazard assessment is the first step in determining the needed features of eye protection devices in your workplace. Choosing the right protection for each of these hazards is critical because a wrong choice could lead to a serious eye injury.
  • Every day in Newfoundland and Labrador, two young workers aged 15-24 are injured on the job. As a young worker entering the workforce it can be both exciting and overwhelming. It is important to be prepared and to know your rights and responsibilities. It is also important to accept personal responsibility for your own safety. When starting a new job remember to ask lots of questions. Understanding instructions means that you will have a much greater chance of doing the work properly and safely. 

  • The term “safety eyewear” can mean many things, so know what yours is meant to protect you from. If it keeps out harmful chemicals it might not necessarily protect you from a high-speed projectile. If it’s practically bulletproof it might not necessarily be designed to keep out small, airborne particulates. Find out all you can about exactly what features you need in your protective eyewear. A workplace assessment will help you determine the level of protection required to keep your eyes safe.  

Protect Your Eyes

A simple pair of CSA approved wraparound safety sunglasses can help shield your eyes from flying particles and foreign materials. Regular prescription glasses or regular sunglasses should never be a substitute for safety sunglasses. Neither the lens nor frames are designed to withstand blunt force trauma. If you wear prescription lens, talk to your optometrist about placing that prescription in a pair of CSA approved safety glasses. 
 
First Aid
If you do get dust or other foreign material in your eyes, try gently flushing your eyes with lukewarm water.  If  the particle remains in the eye, or think that you’ve injured the eye, don’t delay, visit the nearest hospital emergency room immediately, as time can be of the essence in treating eye  and preventing bacteria from damaging the eye.
 

If you are not sure what type you will need - visit Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety online.

With the support of Husky Energy, WorkplaceNL,  NL Association of Optometrists, Bluedrop Performance  Learning & NL Construction Safety Association, CNIB's Eye Safety Program is now offered  to post-secondary students, small businesses and non-profits across Newfoundland and Labrador. 

If you are an employer or educator and would like to  introduce this program to your workers or students  contact CNIB:

P. (709) 754-1180 x 5811

E. Debbie.Ryan@cnib.ca 

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