Health & Safety Institute Blog

March 9, 2018

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month (Infographic)

Are your workers following the best practices for keeping their eyes safe?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

Each day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. About one third of the injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments, and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days away from work.

Primary causes of on-the-job eye injuries include:

Striking or scraping: Small particles or objects striking or scraping the eye, such as: dust, cement chips, metal slivers, and wood chips. Large objects may also strike the eye or face, or a worker may run into an object causing blunt-force trauma to the eyeball or eye socket.

Penetration: Objects like nails, staples, or slivers of wood or metal can go through the eyeball and result in a permanent loss of vision.

Chemical and thermal burns: Industrial chemicals or cleaning products are common causes of chemical burns to one or both eyes. Thermal burns to the eye also occur, often among welders.

For a quick overview of how eye injuries impact the workplace, download our latest infographic here.


Engineering controls and comprehensive hazard assessments are crucial to helping workers avoid eye injuries and diseases. Safety training is a big part of the picture as well, and Summit’s library of over 300 safety topics contains a number of courses to offer during Workplace Eye Wellness Month or any time of the year.

Eye Safety: No Second Chances
Complies with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132
Using scenes from a variety of jobsites and scenarios, this course helps your workers develop respect for eye protection and an understanding of the lifelong consequences of not using adequate eye protection.

Eye Safety: Focused on Protection
This course teaches workers about workplace hazards, protective eyewear and best practices to help build the good habit of always having the appropriate eye and face protection, and consistently using that protective equipment whenever it is required.

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