Eye Protection (PSA Radio Script)

A majority of accidents resulting in serious injury to farm workers and farmers are preventable. Accident numbers can be reduced through education and use of personal protective equipment. Here's Jenny Rodriguez, UC Ag Health and Safety Center Representative with an eye safety message:

Eye injuries are expensive, painful, and often result in disfigurement and total or partial blindness. Supervisors should be familiar with the variety of inexpensive and effective eye protection that's available.

Farmers and farm workers need eye protection when working in orchards and vineyards, operating power tools, handling potent chemicals, welding and repairing equipment, and doing jobs involving dust or overhead work. Quick medical attention is needed if an injury occurs.

Protective eyewear should be carefully selected, fitted, and cleaned. Goggles are inexpensive and are more protective than glasses, giving both front and side protection. Chemical splash goggles are often label-required when handling many pesticides.

This radio public service announcement was produced by the Agricultural Health and Safety Center, Applied Behavioral Sciences of the University of California at Davis. For further information contact Jenny Rodriguez, UCCE, Ag. Bldg., County Civic Center, Visalia, CA 93291-4584, (209) 733-6491.

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