As many as 85% of workers in a recent survey admitted that they have seen co-workers failing to use eye protection in the workplace. This is in spite of the fact that workplace eye injuries can lead to long-term vision loss or blindness.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 3 out of 5 workers who suffered eye injuries in workplace accidents were either not wearing eye protection gear like goggles, glasses or face masks at the time of the accident, or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection.
The survey was conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional. The results of the survey indicate that workplace eye protection is not being treated with the seriousness that it deserves.
51% of the people in the survey admitted that they had, in the past, been forced to wear eye protection gear that was uncomfortable, or that they did not particularly like to wear.
Fogging seems to be a major problem with protective eyeglasses. As many as 88% of the persons in the survey admitted that they, or someone they knew, had suffered problems with vision because of fogging problems with their glasses.
As many as 80% of the respondents in the survey said that they would encourage workers to wear eye protection gear, but only 22% said that they would report a coworker to an employer for failure to wear eye protection.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets strict standards for eye protection gear for workers in high risk jobs. Not all kinds of eye protection gear are suitable for every job. For instance, persons who are working with chemicals and toxic substances may require eye protection goggles or glasses that are different from those used by a person who is working with a nail gun.