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There has been a recent spate of eye injuries sustained by workers across Hays. The Health and Safety Team has investigated these injuries and consulted with workers who have sustained such injuries. It has been identified that the eye protection provided to workers is suitable for the majority of, but not all, tasks.

Hays has identified 3 reasons why eye injuries have occurred:

1. Some injuries have occurred where debris has been rubbed into a workers eye, even though eye protection is being worn correctly. This occurs when workers rub sweat from the face and dirt and debris causes irritation to worker’s eyes

2. A number of incidents occurred whilst workers used hand held grinders to cut, clean or file metal. In each instance, protective glasses were being worn Protective glasses do not provide enough coverage to prevent objects hitting workers in the eye whilst using hand held grinders

3. Less commonly, workers wear glasses on their forehead or not at all. In an environment where the use of PPE is not supervised and enforced, it is not uncommon for debris, such as metal filings, dust, dirt and wood filings, to cause irritation to the eyes

What you can do

Wear the eye protection provided to you by Hays or by the client

In the event that you believe eye protection is not adequate for the work being completed (wearing glasses whilst using hand held grinders is an example), ask the client for a face shield, there should be some available, or notify the Health and Safety team at Hays.

We can provide these if we have not already done so

Face shields are going to get scratched, worn and broken quickly. As this occurs, please let the branch know that more shields are required.

Why is it important to report this hazard

If we do not know about risks to your health and safety we cannot prevent an injury from occurring. This means reporting hazards where there is a risk of eye injuries or letting us know if PPE is not suitable, before an injury occurs.

How to report an incident or hazard:

The easiest way to report any issues that you may have with eye protection is to contact the Health and Safety team at Hays by calling the free call Health and Safety Hotline on:

  • Australia: 1800 786 057
  • New Zealand: 0800 562 669 (select option 4)
  • Speak to your consultant

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