ROSWELL, GA — Despite potentially devastating consequences, 85 percent of workers in a Kimberly-Clark Professional survey have observed others failing to wear proper eye protection, according to a press release.
"This high rate of noncompliance seriously jeopardizes worker health and safety. In many instances uncomfortable eyewear or fogged lenses could be responsible," said Valona Renner-Thomas, product manager of Eye and Face Protection for Kimberly-Clark Professional.
"The results are very disconcerting when you consider that 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear. Enhancing eyewear practices is critical to creating exceptional workplaces — those that are safe, healthy and productive for all employees," Renner-Thomas added.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide eye and face protection to guard against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants or hazards, the release stated.
According to the release, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly three out of five injured workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job.
In addition, eyewear came in first when respondents were asked to rank the most important personal protection equipment (PPE) category for on-the-job safety, but it was also deemed the "most challenging" PPE category in terms of compliance, the release noted.
How strict are the PPE requirements in your facility or workplace? If you see someone not complying with the laws, would you report them to a superior? If you agree that eyewear comfort and effectiveness are roadblocks to having 100 percent compliance, how would you like to see these issues addressed or improved?