Only One Pair: Protect Workers’ Eyes on the Job

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As an employer, you need to promote and enforce the use of eye protection when it is necessary. Educate your workers about the importance of eye protection so they will automatically reach for it before they put their eye health at risk.

Safety glasses provide good protection. They provide even better protection if they properly fit and cared for.

CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) offers these suggestions regarding the fit and care of your safety glasses.

  • Ensure safety glasses fit properly and are individually assigned and fitted.
  • Wear safety glasses so temples fit comfortably over the ears. The frame should be as close to the face as possible and adequately supported by the bridge of the nose.
  • Clean safety glasses daily and avoid activities that can scratch lenses.
  • Store safety glasses in a clean, dry place to protect them from damage. Keep them in a case when they’re not being worn.
  • Replace safety glasses if they are scratched, pitted, broken, bent or ill-fitting.
  • Replace damaged parts with identical parts from the original manufacturer.

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit http://www.seton.ca and we can help you select the safety products you need.

See Clearly: How to Select and Care for Your Eye Protection

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Because many eye hazards exist in the workplace, it’s important to provide proper eye protection to keep workers safe.

If eye protection is necessary, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) suggests establishing an eye safety protection program that includes selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection.

CCOHS offers these tips regarding the fit and care of safety glasses:

Fit of Safety Glasses

Eye size, bridge size and temple length vary from person to person, so safety glasses should be assigned and fitted according to individual needs.

Safety glasses should be worn so that the temples fit comfortably over the wearer’s ears. The frame should be as close to the face as possible and supported by the bridge of the nose.

Care of Safety Glasses

It’s important to properly maintain all personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye protection.  To keep safety glasses in good working condition:

  • Clean safety glasses daily and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Store safety glasses in a clean, dry place to protect them from damage. Keep them in a case when they are not being worn.
  • Replace scratched, pitted, broken, bent or ill-fitting glasses.
  • Replace damaged parts only with identical parts from the original manufacturer to ensure the same safety rating.

Before purchasing any eye protection for your workers, assess their needs so you acquire the most effective protection for their jobs.

When you provide eye protection to your workers, do you provide training on how to effectively use it, and do you communicate how to keep it in good condition?

See Clearly: Why You Need Emergency Showers or Eyewash Stations, and Where to Put Them

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Exposure to a hazardous substance can cause serious health problems or worse. That is why emergency showers and eyewash stations are so important. They can quickly and easily remove contaminants from an affected worker.

If you don’t already have an emergency shower or eyewash station and you’re not sure where they should be located in your facility, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has some suggestions.

Emergency showers or eyewash stations should:

  • Be located as close to the hazard as possible.
  • Not be separated by a partition from the hazardous area
  • Be on an unobstructed path between the workstation and the hazard
  • Be located where workers can easily see them (in a normal traffic pattern)
  • Be on the same floor as the hazard and located near an emergency exit
  • Be located in an area where further contamination will not occur
  • Provide a drainage system for the excess water
  • Not come into contact with any electrical equipment that may become a hazard when wet
  • Be protected from freezing when installing emergency equipment outdoors

Don’t forget to also train workers how to use emergency showers and eyewash stations before an emergency occurs.

Do you already have emergency showers or eyewash stations in your facility? How do ensure that workers know where they are and how to use them?

The UV Danger: How to Protect Workers Against Ultraviolet Radiation This Summer

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has definite health benefits: it stimulates necessary vitamin D production in the body. But only limited exposure is beneficial.

More excessive exposure is connected to skin cancer, sunburn, accelerated skin aging cataracts and other eye diseases.

The CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) notes that many types of workers are at risk from exposure to UV radiation, including outdoor workers, construction workers, contractors and surveyors, welders and laboratory workers.

Exposure to UV radiation isn’t just generated by the sun. There are other indirect sources. Keep these facts in mind: Reflections from snow, sand and concrete increase the UV intensity. A light cloud cover does not necessarily block UV in the sunlight. Water reflects only a small amount of UV. The rest can penetrate below the water’s surface.

The CCOHS offers the following suggestions to minimize UV exposure when working outside:

  • Avoid midday sun (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
  • Wear clothing that is tightly woven to block sunlight. Protective clothing can include long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat that will shade your face, neck and ears.
  • Apply waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all sun exposed skin.
  • Use UV protection sunglasses.

Remind your workers about the hazards of UV radiation and how they can minimize their risk.

 

Eye Protection: Reduce the Risk of Injury

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Eye hazards exist in many areas throughout a workplace. From dust and dirt to more powerful contaminants, there are plenty of ways in which an eye injury can occur. It’s important for workers to do all they can to protect their eyes and preserve their vision when they are on the job.

The Labour Program for Canada suggests working to eliminate eye hazards to effectively prevent them. Some ways to control eye hazards, include:

  • Use protective screens and wire mesh grids to protect yourself from flying particles.
  • Install safety glass guards on machines to prevent injuries caused by flying chips or splashing liquids.
  • Place moveable shields around grinders, lathes and other similar machines to protect other workers.
  • Enclose sources of fine dusts, mists or vapours.
  • Control dust and fumes using general or local ventilation systems.
  • Isolate hazardous operations in separate areas.
  • For outdoor work, damp down work areas and seal dusty surfaces.

Another important way to protect your eyes is to wear proper eye protection. There are several different protective eyewear options:

Safety Glasses: Protect eyes from flying particles of metal, wood, stone, plastic or glass coming from the front only.

Safety Glasses with Semi-Side Shields: Protect eyes from flying particles coming from the front or the side.

Safety Glasses with Eye-Cup and Side Shields: Protect eyes from flying particles coming from the front, side above or below.

Safety Goggles with Regular Ventilation: Protect eyes from dust, sparks and flying particles coming from any direction.

Safety Goggles with Hooded Ventilation: Form a tight seal around eyes to protect from dust, sparks, vapours, splashes and flying particles.

Welding Helmets and Hand-Held Shields: Protect the eyes, face, ears and neck from radiation, sparks and molten metal.

Care for Seldom Used Safety Equipment

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We’ve all had it happen at home. A sudden kitchen cut. The dash to the bathroom and the accusatory cry: “Who used the last Band-Aid?” While we wrap a bleeding finger in toilet paper and vow to keep the first-aid kit stocked in future, it is important to remember that in the workplace, accidents are far more costly when vigilance is allowed to slide.

Safety equipment used on a daily basis is easy to monitor and maintain. Safety glasses, harnesses, helmets, protective clothing and gear get used regularly and are top-of-mind. Then there are the safety equipment ‘orphans’ – rarely used, but critical when the occasion arises. Such occasions are often the litmus test of a company’s safety awareness and training success.

Every team can brainstorm about the kinds of safety tools they seldom use – but would need to access and use successfully the second the need arises.  Here are three often-neglected pieces of safety equipment, according to Seton product manager Christine Wendt.

Eyewash stations:  Work sites where there is a danger of eye injuries involving chemicals need eyewash stations in every room. But if the eyewash station starts to double as a catchall, and products are not kept up-to-date, serious trouble looms, especially when time is of the essence. Here, says Wendt, is how to keep eyewash stations current:

  • Check expiry dates on disposable eyewash fluid regularly. Replace as needed.
  • Regularly test water lines on re-usable eyewash bottles, ensuring clean water flushes through at all times.
  • Erect clear signage near eyewash stations – posters overhead and floor markings, with arrows, so that the products can be found quickly when time is of an essence.
  • Ensure there are stations in every area where chemicals are in use and not just one station for the entire workplace. Quick access is everything.
  • Attach inspection logs to the station so that records can be kept of when supplies were last checked and replaced.

First Aid Kits: Workplace first aid kits should be inspected regularly – weekly or once a month at the very least, says Wendt. An inventory of supplies should be attached to the kits and checklists kept.

  • Replenish dwindling supplies as needed
  • Inspect the kits for open packages, expired medication, items that need to be sanitary and may have been left to the air. Replace if necessary.
  • Ensure visible and clearly worded signage is placed prominently near the First Aid station, so that employees can find supplies quickly and use them properly. This includes floor markings and overhead posters.

Spill ProductsHazardous spills in the workplace – chemicals, oils, even flooding from burst pipes – require a speedy response if injury and serious property damage is to be avoided. Absorbent pads, materials to contain and absorb spilled liquids must be kept ready to use and should be regularly inspected.

  • Ensure supplies are kept up to date and ready for emergency spills.
  • Make sure spill kits – which can look like large garbage cans – are easily accessed with nothing piled on top and with appropriate signage overhead   and indicator tape on surrounding floor area.

Wendt recommends never letting the seldom-used get short shrift in safety talks.

“They should be made a regularly scheduled part of team meetings,” she says. “Beyond that, there should be special safety courses around maintenance and use of seldom used equipment at last once a year.”

In the meantime, keeping the location of seldom-used equipment uncluttered and readily visible and maintaining a regular maintenance schedule, will ensure that when the time comes, no one will be caught flatfooted.

 

Caring For Safety Eyewear: 5 Must-Do’s

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Just like any other piece of equipment, personal protective equipment and specifically safety eyewear has to be kept in top-notch condition and worn the right way for maximum protection.

You can find all your eye safety solutions here.

 

Five Safety Eyewear Tips

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Most industrial eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right protection.

Here are a couple more eye safety tips…

Wear an eyewear cord that will let the glasses hang around your neck when not in use.

People who wear contact lenses need to be extra careful and wear protective eyewear at all times on a site because dust and other particles can become lodged under the lens and can cause irritations or infections.

You can find all your eye safety solutions here.

Eyewear Safety – Emergency Action For Injuries

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Eyewear safety must always be a top priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers have one of the highest eye injury rates, so it’s important they have the proper eyewear safety equipment.  Wearing the appropriate, well-fitting and comfortable PPE can prevent eye fatigue and headaches and other common and more serious eye injuries caused by the following:

  • Scrap materials, waste, and windblown dust
  • Flying material particles or slivers from wood, metal, plastic, and cement
  • Chemicals or chemical products
  • Falling or misdirected objects
  • UV light from welding torches

Here’s what to do to improve eyewear safety: In case of the following eye injuries or incidents according to the National Eye Institute and other health and safety agencies. Be sure there are clean eye wash stations, eye wash solutions and a first aid kit easily accessible.

Specks in the Eye

  • Do not rub the eye.
  • Flush the eye with large amounts of water.
  • See a doctor if the speck does not wash out or if pain or redness continues.

Cuts, Punctures, and Foreign Objects in the Eye

  • Do not wash out the eye.
  • Do not try to remove a foreign object stuck in the eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

Chemical Burns

  • Immediately flush the eye with water or any drinkable liquid. Open the eye as wide as possible. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes. For caustic or basic solutions, continue
flushing while on the way to medical care.
  • If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. Flushing may dislodge the lens.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

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  • Apply a cold compress without pressure, or tape crushed ice in a plastic bag to the forehead and allow it to rest gently on the injured eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if pain continues, if vision is reduced, or if blood or discoloration appears in the eye.

 

Eye Safety Stats

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Protect your eyes. Wear the right PPE for the circumstance and don’t take chances with eye safety. 200 Canadians injure their eyes a day on the job. Don’t be a stat! It’s only funny until…well, you know.