Employee eyesight at risk

Oil and Gas industry must take action

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is warning employers in the oil and gas industry of the dangers of ill-fitting safety eyewear. In research carried out on behalf of the employee eyecare experts, nearly half of employers (49%) stated they worry that staff remove safety eyewear when it is not safe to do so.

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: ‘The requirement for safety eyewear is prevalent in the oil and gas industry. With so many risks to eyesight inherent in the environment in which they are working, it is particularly vital that oil and gas workers wear their safety eyewear as instructed.’

The survey asked for the reasons why employers believe their staff are not wearing safety eyewear as required. Lack of comfort or fit, and dislike for the style of eyewear, were cited.

‘It is paramount that safety eyewear is comfortable and properly fitting,’ commented Jim Lythgow. ‘If people are not entirely happy with their eyewear, then they are less likely to wear it. There are various options for ensuring that safety eyewear is comfortable, including ensuring that the right size is available and selected in the first place, that the eyewear is expertly fitted, and that the design is appropriate for the individual.’

Indeed, the survey showed that just a quarter of employers (25%) stated that their employees have the opportunity to try on safety eyewear before it is purchased. This is an important factor in choosing the most suitable type of eyewear for the individual. Jim Lythgow said: ‘You wouldn’t buy your everyday spectacles without trying them on, so why would you buy something as important as safety eyewear without trying it for fit and comfort first?’

Style may also be a more important factor than employers at first realise. Designs are now much wider ranging than they used to be, with male, female and unisex styling, as well as popular wrap-around style frames and a large variety of colours.

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