The Australian government estimates that about 2,000 eye injuries occur daily in the workplace that require medical treatment. 95% of these injuries were preventable had the employee been wearing properly fitted safety eyewear.
Sadly, the majority of eye injuries that occur at the workplace are the result of worker who have not worn any safety eyewear, making up 60% of eye injuries. Most eye injuries heal leaving only a small scar but impairing vision. However, when the eye doesn’t heal correctly a person can go completely blind.
When companies are proactive and require their employees to use safety eyewear the number of eye injuries decreases significantly. All protective eyewear needs to be fitted correctly to ensure you have the full protection you desire. 94% of eye injuries were caused by chemicals or particles that strike the eye are or the eye directly. In only 1.3% did the safety glasses fail, and in most cases, it was the result of a poorly fitted safety glasses, or protective goggles.
Eye injuries cost companies millions of dollars, when implementing a policy relating to the use of safety glasses or protective goggles costs only a fraction of that. Keeping workers safe is an integral role of all companies. It makes sense to prevent eye injuries before they occur, keeping employees seeing in the future.