Failure to Wear Eye Protection Gear Increases Injury Risks

Eye injuries are some of the most debilitating injuries that a worker could suffer.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 2,000 workers everyday suffer injuries that are serious enough for them to be rushed to the hospital.  However, many of these injuries can be prevented if a worker is provided face shields, eye goggles, masks and other eye protection gear.  A new study however finds that compliance with eye protection gear rules is low, as reported by workers.

The survey by Kimberly-Clark Professional found that an overwhelming majority or more than 80% of workers found coworkers or colleagues not wearing eyen protection gear when they were performing activities that increased their risk of suffering an eye injury.  Any employer should be concerned at these low compliance rates, because many of these injuries can simply be prevented by wearing the right kind of eye protection.

Comfort also seems to be a major problem with workers who do not wear the right kind of protection gear.  More than half of the workers said that they had been forced to wear uncomfortable eyeglasses, or eye protection gear while they were at work.  The majority admitted that they were much more likely to wear protection gear when the glasses were comfortable, fit well, and offered extra benefits, like ultraviolet protection.

From the results of the survey, it seems clear that workers are willing to wear eye protection gear to prevent the risk of injuries, if protection devices are comfortable, and fit well.  Sometimes, wearing a face mask may be uncomfortable, or cumbersome, and employers need to find a way of mitigating these concerns, so workers are encouraged to wear protection gear.