Don’t ignore eye protection
Eye injuries can translate into pain, loss of time, money and possibly your eyesight.
ven a slight loss or impairment of your vision is a tremendous price to pay for taking a risk. Wear proper eye protection where eye protection hazards are apparent and use common sense. Become acquainted with proper first aid treatment for eye injuries and seek medical attention if there is an eye injury.
Particles of rocks, soil, crop material or other foreign objects thrown from farm equipment that chops or grinds can cause unexpected eye injury to the operator or bystander. Keep machinery properly shielded. Keep away from the discharge path.
Eye injuries are more likely to occur when servicing farm equipment than when operating it. Simple hand tools can cause severe eye injuries. Wear industrial strength eye protection when using hand tools. Select the right tool for the job.
Spray cans are an increasing source of chemical eye injury, compounded by the force of contact. Whether containing caustics or irritants, spray cans must be carefully used and kept away from children.
Protective eyewear should be carefully selected, fitted and cleaned. It should be reasonably comfortable and fit snugly but not interfere with the movements or vision of the wearer.
Protective eyewear should be durable, easily cleaned and capable of being disinfected. It should be kept clean and in good repair.
To shield eyes from flying objects, wear industrial-rated glasses or sun glasses and flexible or cushion-fitting ventilated plastic goggles that fit over ordinary eyeglasses.
Adding side shields increases protection.
Wear splash goggles when handling and applying agricultural chemicals. Farmers can also wear welding goggles to protect their eyes from intense light and sparks.
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for eye protection and can be worn comfortably. Never wear contact lenses
when handling ammonia or other farm chemicals.
Store eye protection in clean, dust-proof containers. Basic eye protection for the wearer of regular glasses or sunglasses is a must. He or she should wear a face shield, goggles or prescription spectacles with protective lenses.
The glasses should be of industrial-quality with flame- resistant frames. Wearing outdated glasses or sunglasses offers no protection and may even be dangerous as they tend to splinter or shatter on impact.
Proper first aid for eye injuries is critical. The method of first aid needed depends upon the type of injury sustained.
Let natural tears wash out specks or particles in the eye. Try not to rub the eyes if possible. If this does not work, see a physician.
For blows to the eye, apply cold compresses for 15 minutes and again each hour as needed to reduce pain and swelling. If the blow was hard enough to cause discolouration, see a physician.
Internal damage could have occurred. For cuts and punctures to the eye, do not do anything to the eye but bandage it lightly and see a physician at once. Chemical burns on the eyes can be minor to very serious.
Fresh water should be available for irrigating eyes anywhere chemicals are used. If the eye comes in contact with any chemical, it should be continuously flooded with water for at least 15 minutes.
Do not put anything else in the eye. See a physician and take the label or container of the chemical involved.
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