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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – June 2012

Eye Safety at Work Is Everyone’s Business

Format: Article
Institute: National Eye Institute (NEI)

Each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers receive medical treatment for eye injuries sustained at work. It's important to be aware of the risks, especially if you work in a high-risk occupation such as construction, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, auto repair, or electrical work. Minimizing eye safety hazards and wearing proper eye protection can prevent many eye injuries. For example, safety glasses can protect you from common hazards, including flying fragments, large chips, hot sparks, particles, and glare. Other preventive measures depend on your job and the conditions in your workplace. You can learn more about how to protect your eyes on the job by reading an article called "Eye Safety at Work Is Everyone's Business," available in both English and Spanish.

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You can read "Eye Safety at Work Is Everyone's Business" in English at and in Spanish at

This page last reviewed on August 21, 2012

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