It is important to take the time to identify factors that cause injury, in order to prevent them in the workplace. Business owners must identify possible risk areas in their business, and work from this point to develop an adequate solution.
A business owner must consider…
1. Is the work site adequately lit? If workers are struggling to see their environment, accidents are more likely to occur.
2. Is air flow appropriate to the tasks being performed? Too much air flow from fans or air-conditioning can increase likelihood of eye injuries being sustained.
3. Are all employees wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)? Do employees understand the importance of PPE? Workers are less likely to take risks or fail to wear the correct PPE if they are aware of the importance of it.
4. Is a first aid officer appointed, and an appropriate first aid plan in place? It is important that all worst-case scenarios be considered in advance, and an appropriate response plan be implemented.
5. Are all employees trained in first aid? Do they know the location of the first aid kit and the emergency eye/face or drench shower? It is important not only to have first aid plans in place, but also to ensure that these are understood by all workers.
These steps are not all inclusive, and certain environments and work sites will require a more in-depth analysis and level of consideration. However, businesses that ask questions along these lines are more likely to decrease their accident rate. These questions can also be used to develop an eye-safety plan.