PPEThe 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.

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