Agricultural workers and/or producers are at risk for work-related eye injuries, some of which can be very serious. Farm activities of grinding or cutting metal, welding, drilling, animal related tasks and chemical exposures are all potential hazards for eye related injuries. The human eyes have a certain degree of natural protection, but they are no match for particles entering the eye at a high rate of speed. Personal protective eye wear could include goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full face respirators. The eye protection recommended for specific work situations depends upon the nature and extent of the hazard, the circumstances of exposure, other protective equipment used, and personal vision needs.
The most common injuries to the eye occur from welding or sanding, thrown objects, and chemical splash. Wearing the proper eye protection for the job can help you protect your vision.
Emergency Eye Wash Stations
Certain chemicals, pesticides, batteries or other potentially harmful materials may require you to have an eye wash station or other emergency eye wash kit. It is important to read the labels on the chemicals you are using to understand the safety precautions required.