The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has created a basic safety checklist that helps employers reduce the risk of eye injuries in the workplace:
1. Create a safe work environment
· Minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris.
· Make sure that tools work and safety features (machine guards) are in place.
· Make sure that workers (particularly volunteers) know how to use tools properly.
· Keep bystanders out of the hazard area.
2. Evaluate safety hazards.
· Identify the primary hazards at the site.
· Identify hazards posed by nearby workers, large machinery, and falling/shifting debris.
3. Wear the proper eye and face protection.
· Select the appropriate Z87 eye protection for the hazard.
· Make sure the eye protection is in good condition.
· Make sure the eye protection fits properly and will stay in place.
4. Use good work practices.
· Caution—Brush, shake, or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats, hair, forehead, or the top of the eye protection before removing the protection.
· Do not rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing.
· Clean eyewear regularly.
5. Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs.
Have an eye wash or sterile solution on hand.