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Week of April 22, 2019

Drones for military use are an effective means of surveilance of an area that is unsafe and also a great way to avoid casualties.  When it comes to OSHA, the use of drones is becoming more of a reality!  Initially they were being used following worksite accidents and for areas that were considered too dangerous to enter.  But now it is becoming an efficient way to scope out a facility for inspection.  Currently OSHA can only use drones when it is agreed to by the employer.  There is a fine line that OSHA or any organization should not cross so that its trade secrets cannot be compromised.  Unless an emergency warrants the use of a drone or an employer agrees to the use of a drone during an inspection, then that strategy should be acceptable.  Drone use is going to increase dramatically in the very near future.  It just depends on how far the reach goes.  When used as a helpful tool to help save lives and used as the first line of access to a hazardous situation, it can only benefit everyone.  But there needs to be a rules so that rights are not violated.  Read more in EHS Today about OSHA Drones.

Eye Protection

Eye Protection

Following the ANSI Z87.1 Standard for eye protection is not costly when compared to the cost of a worker losing vision in their eyes in a work-related incident.

The proper eye protection can save a worker’s site in many situations on the job.  It can also prevent a business from incurring large medical and legal expenses, fines and penalties, and lost production time.  It is important that an employer train workers to wear safety glasses or goggles when there are hazards on the job that could cause injury to the eyes.  There are many types of protective eyewear that can be purchased that can fit the needs of each individual in a workplace. 

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Why Wear Safety Glasses and Goggles?

OSHA requires that eye and face protection be worn when an assessment of the workplace determines that hazards exist that could cause injuries to the eyes.   The regulation that refers to eye protection is CFR 1910.133. ANSI sets the standard (Z87.1) for the performance requirement of protective eyewear.

  • Eye Injuries: Eye injuries can cause blindness or permanent disability but can be prevented if workers wear eye protection.

  • Employers Responsibilities to Prevent Eye Injuries: Employers have the responsibility to access the hazards in the workplace that employees are exposed to on the job.  This assessment will determine the best eye protection for their employee’s needs.  Employers need to be sure that workers are properly trained in the use and the importance of wearing safety glasses, goggles, and face shields.

  • Employees/Workers Responsibility to Protect Their Eyes: Employees have to be sure that they wear their safety glasses and goggles.  It’s important that they know that according to the Bureau of Labor statistics 60% of workers that suffer an eye injury were not wearing protective eyewear and 40% of the ones who were wearing safety glasses and goggles were wearing the wrong kind.

  • Prescription Eyeglass Wearers: There is Eye and Face Protection that can be worn over eyeglasses or prescription lenses can be incorporated right in the safety glasses or goggles.

  • Contact Lens Wearers: Workers that wear contacts should wear safety glasses and goggles and always have an extra pair of contacts available or a pair of prescription glasses.

  • Safety Glasses For Eye Protection
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