Each year, many Maryland workers suffer eye injuries while they are working on the job. Such injuries can be devastating, causing partial or total blindness. Some employers have inadequate eye protection requirements in place. In other cases, workers may not comply with eye protection requirements due to problems with fogging of the eyewear.
There are several things employers can do to encourage workers to wear their protective eyewear. When workers will be working in hot environments, their glasses are more likely to fog. When conducting heat stress training, employers can include a section on fogging eyewear. They should also have anti-fogging treatments in place and available for workers to use.
Employers may want to order safety eyewear that have fog-resistant lenses. Providing employees with straps to use with their glasses can also help them keep them on as well as not lose them during breaks. Even workers who will simply pass through an area in which eye hazards exist should be required to wear safety glasses whenever they do. When employers spot workers who are not complying with the eye protection requirement, they should say something immediately and question them regarding why they are not wearing the glasses so the issue can be solved.
Eye injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries that occur each year. It is important that employers take the steps necessary to help protect their workers' eyes. Those who are injured in this manner may be eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Speaking with an attorney who has experience with these matters may be beneficial, as legal counsel may be able to fully explain the types of benefits that the worker may be entitled to receive as well as their duration.