Employers have been advised to safeguard their staff against environmental hazards in order to avoid the possibility of them suffering eye injuries.
The guidelines of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health were recently highlighted by safety.blr.com, which noted that the organisation should first conduct an eye injury hazard evaluation in the workplace.
This should include an assessment of the number of contact lens wearers in the workplace, in addition to the risk of chemical exposures, and the appropriate eye and face protection available.
"The eye injury hazard evaluation should be conducted by a qualified person, such as a certified industrial hygienist, a certified safety professional, or a toxicologist," the source explained.
Information from the hazard evaluation should also be provided to the company's safety representative or occupational medicine physician.
Any assessments, particularly where the use of corrosive materials is concerned, should also include a review of information about lens absorption and adsorption for the class of chemicals in use, as well as an account of any previous injuries, the site noted.