Take Precautions to Reduce Eye Injuries

Eye Safety - Farm Equipment - Farm Safety Week

Each year there are more than 7,500 eye injuries on American farms. Although human eyes are durable and the structure of the face helps protect the eyes from many injuries, accidents occur that can damage the eye and result in possible vision loss.

The majority of eye injuries farmers experience are related to diverse activities, such as grinding or cutting metal, welding, drilling, and trimming, as well as exposure to chemical sprays. These injuries can be severe and can result in lost work hours for recovery and healing.

Fortunately, most injuries are preventable if proper eyeglasses are worn and safety practices observed. Protective eye wear is designed for specific activities and ANSI Z87.1 standards must be met for all designs, including safety glasses, goggles, face shields, welding goggles, and sunglasses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also advise farmers to follow these practices:

  • Create a safe work environment – minimize hazards from falling or unstable debris; tools should work correctly with proper safety features in place.
  • Evaluate safety hazards – know the environment and identify potential hazards at the site.
  • Use good work practices – brush, shake or vacuum dust and debris from hardhats and the top of eye protection before removing; do not rub eyes with dirty hands or clothing; clean eyewear regularly.
  • Prepare for eye injuries by having an eye wash or sterile solution on hand.

Have you experienced an eye injury? What was the cause and treatment? Share your experiences and I’ll post the responses in a future blog. – Scott