Did you know that over 2,000 Americans suffer an eye injury at work every single day? According to Prevent Blindness America, nearly one million Americans have lost some or all of their sight due to a workplace eye injury, Eye Med reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that eye injuries have resulted in losses of more than $300 million in lost time, worker compensation, and medical expenses. That’s why Prevent Blindness America has designated March as Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month.
Creating a Safe Environment for Your Workers
The first step to ensuring that your workplace is safe is following all local and federal standards for eye safety. In general, anyone passing through a work zone where objects, tools, or particles might come into contact with a person’s eye must wear safety glasses. Evidently, about 90% of workplace eye injuries could be prevented if safety eyewear were used effectively.
The next step is to ensure that standards are enforced by utilizing proper training and using effective workplace safety signage. Custom workplace safety signs can be used to point out where safety glasses are stored, the nearest eyewash station, and to warn people when they are entering an area requiring eye protection.
Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Eye Safety Signs
Make sure that your safety signs are as visible and effective as possible regardless of the circumstances. Glow-in-the-dark signs can be printed with any safety instructions or images that you wish in order to customize them to your specific workplace conditions. Due to the fact that glow-in-the-dark signs are brightly printed, they are as effective in lighted conditions as they are when the lights suddenly go out. Glow-in-the-dark safety signs also have the benefit of working in blackout conditions, unlike electric safety signs. They are also easier to install and don’t require any wiring or electric energy sources.
Ensure that your workplace safety signage is as effective as possible this March to help prevent future eye injuries. If you find yourself in need of new or upgraded eye safety signs, contact Jessup Manufacturing Company, the makers of GloBrite®, to learn more about our photoluminescent solutions.