20 Dec Protect Your Eyes
We can issue you tools, safety equipment, and all kinds of protective equipment, but there is one thing that cannot be issued — a new set of eyes. If something happens to your eyes, there is no quick fix. Medical science can replace a lot of things on and in your body, but when your eyes are gone, they are gone forever.
Your eyes are delicate and very easy to damage. A hard blow is not necessary to cause injury. In fact, all it takes is a tiny sliver or speck of metal, a particle of dust, or trace of chemical to do a great deal of damage to your eyes. If you are exposed to dust, acids, molten metals, grinding wheels, hazardous flashes — you need to take the proper precautions and protect your eyes. If you don’t, it’s possible to lose the precious gift of sight.
ALWAYS wear safety glasses on the job, in the shop, when doing yard work, anytime there is ANY chance of getting a foreign object or chemical in your eyes. Remember to take care of them so they can protect you when you need to be protected most.
Here are a few tips:
- Make sure your glasses fit. If they don’t fit properly, you might be tempted not to wear them. If your safety glasses slip, seem crooked, or are too tight, take a few minutes and have them adjusted properly.
- Keep your glasses clean. Dirty glasses lessen visibility. Wash them regularly with mild soap and water or eyeglass cleaner, then polish with a soft cloth or a tissue. Anti‐dust and antifog sprays work well on both glass and plastic lenses.
- Keep your glasses in a case when you are not using them. Pits, scratches, or other damage can result if you stick your glasses in a pocket or toss them in a tool box. Damage to lenses can lessen impactresistance and, thus, provide less than full protection. Also, don’t hang your goggles by the elastic band. This can stretch the band so it does not fit properly.
Once again, remember, you are on your last pair of eyes. Different jobs and locations require different kinds of eye protection. You all have been told what kind of eye protection you should wear, when you should wear it, and where you should wear it. In the end, nothing we do to protect your eyes will be effective unless you cooperate. You are the only person who can make sure you wear the proper eye protection at the necessary and required times
If there is ever any doubt in your mind about the eye protection needed on any job or in any location, play it safe. Don’t guess and possibly spend the rest of your life with the ultimate consequence of blindness.