Workplace Tips: The Dangers Your Eyes Face & Eye-Protective Gear

Work, just like life, carries a few risks, and you should take a few precautions. One thing you need to make sure you protect is your eyes, and you can do that with the right eye-protective gear. The problem is this type of gear might veil your vision. Not to worry, the following guide will help you get the right type of eye-protective gear and show you a few dangers to look out for.

Dangers You Need To Be Aware Of

There are about 2,000 work-related eye injuries everyday. This should help you understand why you need to keep your eyes safe. The following are just some of the dangers that you should know about:

  • Flying particles like sparks, wood shavings, metal shavings, or chemicals
  • Ropes, chains, or tools that might be hit your eyes 

You should also be aware of some of the jobs that are prone to the eye-related injuries mentioned earlier:

  • Craft work like automobile work, grinders, or other type of work that requires precision, but also exposes you to hazardous fragments like metals 
  • Carpenters, plumbers, or other type of contractors that work with chemicals or wood.

Be sure you understand what you will be doing on the job and the kind of hazards that your eyes might be exposed to while you work. Talk to your employer so that he or she can help you understand how to protect yourself. 

Specified Eye-Protective Gear

One of the best tools you have to protect your eyes--besides knowing the dangers--is to wear safety glasses. But grinding, mechanics, and the other types of jobs mentioned above requires that you see clearly. Do not fret, because you can wear safety glasses that are specified to your needs, like bifocal safety glasses

Consider some of the following safety additions to make sure you can see out of your glasses:

  • Ask about high-impact safety glasses to protect your eyes and glasses from blunt strikes.
  • Be sure your glasses have side shields; this will protect your eyes and help you see from multiple angles
  • Consider using transition lenses to help you see clearly under any environment because a workplace's light environment is subject to change.
  • Think about anti-scratch material for your safety glasses.

Talk to your safety glasses specialist about other specific needs that you might need from your glasses as you take your specific job into account. But you can see why making sure your eyes are safe while you work is important.