At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Explain the importance of wearing eye protection
- Explain what you should learn during hazard communication training, how it can help people avoid having eye injuries, and how it can help when there is an eye injury from a chemical exposure to the eye
- Explain how to use an emergency eye wash
- List some ways to flush chemicals from the eye when there are no eye washes available
- Explain how to provide first aid for cuts or scratches to the eye
- Explain how to provide first aid when a person has an object embedded in their eyeball
The following key questions are answered in this module:
What's the best way to avoid an eye injury at work?
Know the potential hazards and always wear protective PPE for the eyes.
What's the proper first aid for a chemical splash in the eye?
Rinse the eye in a safety shower or safety eye wash.
Should a person rub their eye if they have a cut or scratch there?
No, it's better to gently flutter the lower eyelid inside the upper eyelid to try to remove any foreign object and then to rinse the eye.
If a person has an object embedded in the eyeball, should you try to remove the object?
No, cover the eye and then get to the person to emergency medical assistance.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
We use our eyes to see the world around us. Our sense of sight provides much of the information that we receive about our surroundings. Unfortunately, our eyes are fragile and can be damaged easily. This can be painful and can even lead to permanent loss of sight. In this course, you'll learn first-aid methods for eye injuries. You can use these methods on yourself or others who suffer eye injuries. It's worth stressing the importance of wearing eye protection in situations when your eyes could get damaged. If everyone at your workplace wears proper eye protection to protect their eyes when it's necessary, there should be no eye injuries and no need to provide first-aid to the eye.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- WebMD – www.webmd.com
- WebMD First Aid for Eye Injuries - http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/first-aid-eye-injuries
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – www.cdc.gov/niosh/
- CDC Eye Injury - http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/eye/
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov
- OSHA Safety and Health Topic - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/index.html