Industrial Eye Accidents are evolving as one of the biggest occupational fatalities in the workplace involving workers working in a drastic environment. According to IndustriALL, a global union of workers, since May 2020, there have been about 30 industrial eye accidents in India, killing at least 75 workers. From 2014 to 2017, 8,004 such incidents occurred in Indian workplaces killing 6,368 employees.
These staggering figures that drive home the importance of protecting the eyes of workers both through engineering controls and via personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses; goggles; hybrid eye safety products, which combine the comfort of eyewear with the side protection of goggles; face shields; and welding helmets. It also draws our attention to an immediate appetite to create awareness among the industrial workers and safety executives regarding undertaking collective measures to implement stringent safety protocols.
The Likely Causes of Eye Injuries at Workplace
The majority of workplace eye injuries are caused by small particles or objects (such as metal slivers, wood chips or dust) striking or abrading the eye, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that 70 percent of eye injuries studied resulted from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Injured workers said that nearly three-fifths of the objects were smaller than a pinhead.
Injuries also can occur when nails, staples or metal penetrate the eyeball, which can result in a permanent loss of vision. Blunt force traumas caused by objects striking the eyes or face or from a worker running into an object are another threat, as are chemical burns from splashes of industrial chemicals or cleaning products. Welders, their assistants and nearby workers are at risk for thermal burns and UV radiation burns from the welder’s flash.
The Importance of Creating Awareness & Conducting Training Around Associated Hazards & Risks at Workplace.
Eye injuries in the workplace are extremely widespread across industries. Working on extreme conditions involving eye risks is inevitable. But ensuring the sheer safety of workers through building awareness of the likely hazards and educating them around ways to protect oneself from the same is attainable.
The practice of providing adequate and comprehensive training for all workers before being exposed to hazardous environments should be established as a mandate for all industries involved in risky business. Workers who were injured while not wearing protective eyewear most often said they believed it was not required for the situation. Such misconceptions & attitude regarding the use of safety wears must be debunked by creating proper awareness through organising training sessions.
The Importance of Eye Protective Equipment
An on-the-job eye injury can cause lasting and permanent vision damage, potentially disabling a worker for life. Even “minor” eye injuries can cause long-term vision problems and suffering, such as recurrent and painful corneal erosion from a simple scratch from sawdust, cement or drywall. However, an estimated 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear.
With a statistic as compelling as this, it makes both common and economic sense to do everything possible to make sure workers have the right PPE to protect their eyes on the job. With such a wide array of comfortable and stylish products on the market today, there is really no excuse for workers not to wear protective eyewear.
KARAM Safety Eyewear Range, the ultimate safety solution for fostering a safer environment at the workplace
Based on possible hazards in the work places, the protective equipment i.e., the safety eye wear is designed with higher attributes to ensure protection. Safety eyewear must conform to a higher standard of impact resistance than regular eyeglasses. This higher standard applies to both the lenses and the frames of safety glasses and goggles. Regardless of their size or the durability of the frame and lenses, regular prescription eyeglasses do not qualify as safety glasses as they do not meet certain criteria. Our exclusive range revolutionary range of Safety Spectacles comes with higher levels of personal comfort and industrial safety. The Safety Spectacles are CE certified and conforms to the standard laid down in EN 166:2001. KARAM endorses & promotes the notion of creating a safe environment at worksites which involves tricky & risky work conditions by providing high-quality safety products. With the safety of workers in our sights, we at KARAM research and develop high-quality eye protection solutions for work at