Workplace Eye Safety Facts

Eye Safety On The Job

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  • Every day, as many as 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries on the job.
  • There were an estimated 97,000 workplace-related eye injuries treated in US hospital emergency rooms in 2002.
  • As of 2003, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that eye injuries total more than $300 million a year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that workers aged 25-44 accounted for 62 percent of eye injuries and 81 percent of those were men.
  • About 52 percent of all eye injury cases occurred in manufacturing or trade, 20 percent in the service industry and 15 percent occurred in construction. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)
  • More than one in four cases of eye injuries occur at work with as many as 50 percent of those injured wearing no eye protection at all. (Source: USACHPPM – U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Vision Conservation and Readiness Program)
  • 90 percent of all job-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper protective eyewear.
  • Only eye protection that has been certified by the American National Standards Institute should be used and must have “ANSI Z87” clearly stamped on the frame or lens.