National Workplace Eye Wellness Month: Protecting Your Vision

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Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) observes Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March. The goal of this observance is to raise awareness about the importance of eye safety in the workplace and to encourage employers and employees to take steps to protect their vision.

Why is Eye Safety in the Workplace Important?

Eye safety in the workplace is important for several reasons. Eye injuries can be painful, debilitating, and even cause permanent vision loss. In addition, workplace eye injuries can result in lost workdays, decreased productivity, and increased medical costs.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain eye injuries on the job every day. The majority of these injuries are preventable with the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, goggles, face shields, and safety helmets.

Steps Employees Can Take to Ensure Eye Safety

  1. Wear Appropriate PPE

One of the most important steps employees can take to ensure eye safety is to wear appropriate PPE for the task at hand. This may include safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or safety helmets. It is important to follow the employer's guidelines for PPE use and to replace any damaged or worn equipment immediately.

  1. Know Your Environment

Employees should also be aware of the hazards present in their work environment. This includes understanding the potential for flying debris, chemicals, radiation, or other dangers that could impact the eyes. Being aware of these hazards and taking the necessary precautions can help prevent eye injuries.

  1. Report Hazardous Conditions

If an employee notices a hazardous condition in the workplace, they should report it immediately to their supervisor. This includes hazards such as broken equipment, missing eye protection, or other unsafe conditions that could impact eye safety.

Steps Employers Can Take to Ensure Eye Safety

  1. Provide Appropriate PPE

Employers have a responsibility to provide their employees with appropriate PPE to protect against eye hazards. This may include safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or safety helmets. Employers should also ensure that PPE is regularly inspected and replaced as necessary.

  1. Implement a Safety Program

Employers can also implement a safety program that includes training on eye safety and the proper use of PPE. This training should be conducted regularly and should be mandatory for all employees.

  1. Conduct Regular Safety Inspections

Employers should conduct regular safety inspections to identify and address any hazards in the workplace that could impact eye safety. This may include inspecting equipment, checking for missing or damaged PPE, and ensuring that employees are following established eye safety procedures.

  1. Encourage Reporting of Hazardous Conditions

Employers should also encourage their employees to report hazardous conditions that could impact eye safety. This includes providing a system for reporting hazards and addressing these concerns in a timely manner.

Ocusafe is Proud to Support Workplace Eye Wellness Month with our Safety Glasses

Eye safety in the workplace is important for protecting employees from serious injuries. By taking the necessary steps to ensure eye safety, both employees and employers can help prevent workplace eye injuries and ensure a safe and productive work environment. Shop our selection of safety glasses and even safety sunglasses, today!

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    Marc Weinstein

    Dr. Weinstein's interest in eyecare was sparked at a young age when he struggled in school due to an undiagnosed eye condition. Once he received a diagnosis and underwent vision therapy prescribed by an optometrist, his life changed. This experience ignited his passion for optometry and improving people's lives through better vision.

    With a career dedicated to optometry, Dr. Weinstein has made significant contributions to the field. In October 2000, he launched the website to address the affordability of prescription eyeglasses. 39DollarGlasses offers lightweight and shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses as well as hundreds of stylish frames at affordable prices, making quality eyewear accessible to more people.

    His understanding of the crucial role that protective eyewear plays in preventing eye injuries and his unwavering commitment to eye safety led Dr. Weinstein to launch Ocusafe™ offers a collection of high-quality safety glasses that meet the highest industry standards for durability and effectiveness. Through Ocusafe™, Dr. Weinstein aims to fulfill the needs of individuals and companies seeking top-quality safety eyewear and prioritize eye safety in various industries and activities.

    Dr. Weinstein is dedicated to educating patients about the benefits of different lens enhancements, which can improve vision and provide relief for various conditions. These enhancements have a positive impact on migraines, sleep, and photophobia. His passion for this cause has resulted in the introduction of Neurolux™ headache lenses on and Ocusleep™ lenses, available at He also launched to meet the growing demand for safe contact lenses.

    Dr. Weinstein earned his doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed his residency in Low Vision and Geriatrics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In addition to his professional pursuits, he enjoys traveling, sports, and spending quality time with his wife and three children.