Who doesn’t want to have a good future? It’s something we work hard to achieve. An investment in the future should include protecting your ability to accumulate and enjoy that return on investment down the road. Sadly, most of us don’t realize that until something goes wrong. I have come to learn that if I don’t invest in my own health and safety, I am placing my ability to invest in my own future at risk!
As I mentioned in my last blog, it’s important to recognize that a healthy lifestyle and eye safety is an investment, not only in your future, but in the future of those around you.
So now that we have purchased our CSA approved protective eyewear, let’s talk about keeping them in good shape. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety is a great resource! Here are some tips on caring for your protective eyewear:
Clean your safety glasses daily. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Avoid rough handling that can scratch lenses.
Scratches impair vision and can weaken lenses.
Store your safety glasses in a clean, dry place where they cannot fall or be stepped on. Keep them in a case when they are not being worn.
Replace scratched, pitted, broken, bent or ill-fitting glasses. Damaged glasses interfere with vision and do not provide protection.
Replace damaged parts only with identical parts from the original manufacturer to ensure the same safety rating.
Also keep in mind that certain environments may require coloured lenses. Lenses can be clear, tinted, photochromic or polarized. Each type offers various levels of ultraviolet protection. The level of protection should be etched in the frame of the glasses.
One of the other considerations in protecting our vision is not only wearing eye protection, but wearing the right kind of eye protection for the task. Next time around I will introduce you to the different classes of eye protection for every job you do at work, at home and at play.
CNIB offers eye safety workshops that are interactive and highly motivational. If you would like more information you can reach me at Debbie.Ryan@cnib.ca or call our helpline 1-800-563-2642.