At LATICRETE, it’s all eyes on safety.
Did You Know?
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):
- Construction has a much higher rate of eye injuries than any other industry
- More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day
- 90% of eye injuries are preventable
- Hammering on metal which gives off metal slivers and the rebounding of the ordinary nail are two of the most common causes of vision loss in construction workers
- About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover from
- 10-20% of these workplace eye injuries will cause temporary or permanent vision loss
- Use engineering controls (best) such as machine guards that prevent the escape of particles or welding curtains for arc flash protection
- Use administrative controls (good) such as making certain areas “off limits” unless that is your work assignment area or putting passageways out of active work zones
- Use the proper protective eyewear (required, but doesn’t remove all risk)
- If your work puts you at risk of flying splinters, chips, or dust, wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields. Look for “Z87+” on the frame or lenses as an indicator of impact protection.
- Rinse irritated eyes. Dust can irritate your eye. If your eye feels gritty or itchy, flush it gently with clean water from a bottle, hose or eyewash station for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Safety eye and face protection includes non-prescription and prescription safety glasses, clear or tinted goggles, face shields, welding helmets, and some full-face type respirators that meet the ANSI Z87.1 Eye and Face Protection Standard