The farming season is underway and will last until we reach the fall harvest. Farmers must remain as healthy during peak working time, and the hazardous conditions they must deal with can lead to dangerous situations. Specifically, eye injuries, which can result in pain, loss of time, money, and or even eyesight. Even a slight loss or impairment of vision is a tremendous price to pay for a moment of carelessness. Here are common causes of eye injuries:
- Spray cans are an increasing source of chemical eye injury, compounded by the force of contact.
- 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.
- 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.
How eye protection should be utilized
Protective eyewear should be carefully selected, fitted, and cleaned. It should be comfortable and fit snugly without interfering 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. Wear splash goggles when handling and applying agricultural chemicals. Wear welding goggles to protect eyes from intense light and sparks. Full face shields are another option for eye protection when welding and can be worn comfortably.
Basic eye protection for glasses or sunglasses is a must. You should wear a face shield, goggles, or cushion-fitting, ventilated plastic goggles that fit over ordinary eyeglasses. If you wear prescription glasses, they should be of industrial-quality with flame-resistant frames. Wearing old glasses or sunglasses offers no protection and may even be dangerous as they tend to splinter or shatter on impact.
Our innovative, do-it-yourself eye examination tool, i-Chek, allows you can perform a close-up examination of your eye if an accident occurs. Using i-Chek can help to assure there isn’t any harmful debris in your eye or contact lenses that could damage your eye.