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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Don't Lose Sight

Have you ever had an employee get injured while on the job?  Statistics state that each year there are approximately 8 million fatal and non-fatal work related injuries, costing employers billions of dollars.  Specifically in the United States we spend between $300-$500 million each year resulting from eye injuries in the workplace.  The good news is that Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has estimated that 90% of work related eye injuries can be prevented with the proper use of protective eyewear.  Providing and requiring the use of protective eyewear saves money by decreasing employee medical expenses, workers compensation and lost production time.  

OSHA requires employers to the ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment.  Employers must provide proper eye and face protection to shield against environmental, chemical, radiological, or mechanical irritants and hazards.  

When looking to purchase protective eyewear consider the hazards of your work environment.  For eye protection to be effective proper fit is a must.  Eye protection should be comfortable, provide optimal vision, and should be fit and adjusted to individual employees.  

For more information or to shop for protective eyewear options, visit Intech Service's website.

Visit OSHA for more information on assuring safe and healthful working conditions as well as industry standards.   

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