Eye Protection Safety Alert

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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Maintenance

A mechanic was using a hammer and a chisel to remove a bit form the blade of a road grader. As he stuck the chisel with the hammer, a sliver of metal broke off the chisel and became embedded in the mechanics safety glasses. The mechanic was not injured. Workers are regularly exposed to workplace hazards that pose dangers to their eyes. Eye injuries are most often caused by flying particles, chemical splashes, sparks or molten metal, and light radiation from welding. Studies show that 90% of workplace eye injuries can be prevented when proper eye protection is worn.

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