Every day 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces. Nearly 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable with proper protective eyewear, but a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey found that nearly three out of five workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident. Such stats come into focus as July 1 kicks off National Eye Safety Month.

The cost of eye injuries is more than $300 million in lost production time, medical expenses, and workers compensation. Defog It antifog offers eye safety tips during July’s National Eye Safety Month:

  • Make sure fogged eyewear isn’t a problem. A research report found 100% of focus group respondents named fogging as a reason for not wearing personal protective eyewear.

  • Choose the right protective eyewear for the job. Do you need side shields? Goggles? OSHA can give you guidance.

  • Comfort is important. Eyewear that pinches the nose or straps that slip are handy excuses to put aside eyewear. Take the time to find something that really works.

  • Do you need a strap? It will secure the eyewear during play and help keep them close by during downtime.

  • Need a refresher course for your organization? Check out Prevent Blindness America www.preventblindness.org/ There’s also a great Toolbox Talk www.mhttp://www.cdc/gov/niosh/topics/eye/toolbox-eye.html at the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health.