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Eye safety often a dangerous oversight

31-08-2010
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Eye safety often a dangerous oversight

Employers are responsible for the welfare of their employees’ eyesight.

Caring for their eyesight is crucial for their optimal performance and comfort at work.

Inadequate or inappropriate eye protection and failure to observe occupational health and safety practices are the major causes of workplace eye injuries.

By choosing certified prescription safety eyewear you not only protect workers, but you can improve productivity.

Work-related eye injuries result in around 500 hospital admissions a year in Australia, according to a Safe Work Australia 2008 report. This analysis within this report confirmed that eye injuries comprise a considerable proportion (about 20% to 25%) of all work-related injuries presenting to emergency departments, but that nearly all eye injuries do not require hospital admission.

The majority of injuries result from small particles or objects striking or abrading the eye, usually treated by the local Doctor or Optometrist. Examples include metal slivers, wood chips, dust, and cement chips that are ejected by tools or windblown. Some of these objects, such as nails or slivers of wood or metal penetrate the eyeball and may result in a permanent loss of vision. 

The use of the correct safety glasses will ensure the safety of workers and help employers avoid injury related costs.

Specsavers Certified Prescription Safety Eyewear can ensure that your corporate legal requirements are met simply, affordably and easily.

Specsavers’ range of Certified Prescription Safety Eyewear is certified to the standards of AS/NZS 1337.6:2007.

They are safe, stylish and comfortable to wear.

Its polycarbonate lenses provide lightweight lenses that are tough and durable and able to cope with most situations in which safety eyewear is needed.

Specsavers is the fastest growing group of optometrists, providing professional eye care and affordable eyewear in over 260 stores across Australia.

The company’s optometrists are professionally qualified and Specsavers continually invests in technology, allowing the company to have state-of-the-art testing equipment in all its stores, ensuring the best possible care for eyes.

By broadening Specsavers’ commitment to eye care to provide fully certified product, the company has combined cutting-edge technology, patented frames and lens innovation to deliver the highest quality certified prescription safety eyewear at a cost to fit your budget.

The company also offers bulk billing, making professional eye care accessible to everyone.

To determine the best type of safety glasses for your employees, you should first conduct a risk assessment of your working environment.

A risk assessment of each activity will determine what type of Personal Protective Eyewear must be worn. Such PPE may include goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full-face respirators.

This should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that you are offering the best possible eye protection for your people.

Contact Specsavers to discuss your safety eyewear requirements in the workplace: au.corpeyecare@specsavers.com

For more information visit: http://www.specsavers.com.au/corporate-eyecare/

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