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Date PostedOctober 23, 2012

Importance of Eye Safety in Construction

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While construction work presents a variety of hazards and each site is different, the need for eye protection cannot be argued.

Personal protective equipment required on a site will depend on the types of hazards that a site presents and a site assessment will identify the need for PPE and which PPE are needed. However most sites do present hazards such as welding, concrete blasting, grinding etc. which present a hazard to construction worker’s eyes. That is why eye protection is a pre-requisite to protect workers from serious injury and loss of eye sight.

Employers should instruct workers on the right PPE to use for the job and train them in its use. They also need to provide the necessary PPE free of charge. Workers have a responsibility to utilise the appropriate PPE according to the instructions given by their employer in order to minimise the risk of injury for example when engaging in dangerous activities such as tunnelling. Eye protection will protect workers against dust, flying objects and sunlight.

Examples of eye protection include safety goggles, masks and glasses. These need to properly maintained and stored when not in use to ensure they stay in good condition and remain effective for eye protection.

 

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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