More than 2,000 work-related eye injuries occur every day, according to Prevent Blindness, a volunteer eye health and safety organization. It is estimated that 90 percent of occupational injuries are preventable through the proper use of protective safety eyewear. But when safety glasses, goggles and face shields aren’t worn properly, splashes, dust, sparks, mists and other contaminants can get into an employee’s eyes.
Eyewash stations are a last line of defense. Being able to get to an eyewash station quickly and knowing how to operate it are two vital first aid elements. Employees also need to know what to do when they get to the eyewash station.
Use this toolbox talk to review the importance of eye protection, as well as the steps to take when using an eyewash station to remove contaminants.
Make It Personal: Locate the eyewash stations in each work area. Have employees close their eyes and find their way from their work area to an eyewash station. Time them while they complete this task to evaluate if they can locate the eyewash station within 10 seconds.
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