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Four eyes are better than none!

By Lindsey MacDonald

Four eyes!  Four eyes!

Remember those taunts on the playground? Turns out those pesky bullies were onto something, they just didn’t know what.

The childhood misfortune of being called four eyes takes on a whole new meaning in workplace safety and may keep us from working safely. Wearing eye protection- that is, sporting “four eyes”- can prevent you from injuring that pair of thingamabobs located between your nose and forehead.

Every day an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in the North American workplace. Of those, approximately 5 per cent of eye injuries will be debilitating enough to interfere with work on a short or long-term basis.

But with the proper eyewear, it is estimated that 90 per cent of these injuries could be prevented. Ninety per cent!

Here’s a list of things to keep in mind when it comes to your safety eyewear:

  • Always wear protective eyewear that was specifically designed for the task at hand.
  • Keep your safety glasses on even when you wear other protection like a welding helmet or face shield. Flying chips or dust can get under the shield if you lift the visor.
  • Match your eye protection to the hazard: goggles that protect you from dust may not protect you from splashes or radiation.
  • Clean lenses with water or a lens-cleaning solution to float dirt away, rather than scratching it into the lens.
  • Look for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)  mark on safety eyewear. This stamp ensures that it meets or exceeds existing CSA safety standards.
  • Make sure the equipment fits properly. It should be snug but not uncomfortable.
  • Never tamper with your equipment.
  • Inspect plastic visors or protectors for scratches that may limit vision or cracks that can weaken the structural strength.

Remember… four eyes are better than none!


WCB- Alberta is partnered with CNIB in the Industrial Eye Safety Program.

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