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Eye Safety in the Workplace


While most eye damage is minor, there are accidents which cause serious injury leading to vision loss or blindness. And almost all cases of eye injuries in Australia each year are preventable.

There are a wide range of occupations where eyes are at risk. Workers at risk include those who work with chemicals, mechanical equipment, dusty environments, bright lights, ultraviolet light and especially with tools which cause particles to become airborne, like grinders, sanders, welders and drilling.

Just some of the industries where Eye safety is important include:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive repair
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Office
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Food production
  • Warehouse, logistics and transportation

Eyesight is one of the most important senses, thus it is crucial for employers to reduce the risk of eye injuries. This means having proper prevention measures in place, which includes supplying workers with eye protection, training and ensuring that they wear it. And most importantly, providing adequate protection, as ordinary eyewear is not enough.

All IOAC Optical safety eyewear is made to Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1337.6 of personal eye protection. We make sure that the type of eyewear that is provided is the most appropriate for the given job and that it fits properly.