Preventing eye injuries

Monthly Safety Tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

eye safety

Fall is here and it’s time to get our yards and gardens prepared for winter at home and on campus.

What does that mean? Think debris from lawn mowers, power trimmers, sticks and tree limbs. Almost 40% of eye injuries at home occur in the garden or yard. Prevent Blindness America has a few tips that can help us while doing yard work or gardening at home and at work.

  • Wear safety glasses with side protection or goggles when mowing, using trimmers or any power saws (consider using ear plugs too).
  • Check for debris before mowing or trimming.
  • Turn off power tools anytime you are near an unprotected bystander, especially young children.
  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes from fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, including lime dust.
  • Read and follow all product instructions and obey any warnings on chemicals and equipment.

Cleaning inside? Don’t forget about protection from household chemicals including bleach and other cleaners which cause about 125,000 eye injuries each year as well. Eye protection should be worn when using any type of chemical. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or face.

On campus we’ve provided eye-wash stations available for anyone getting any chemical in their eyes. We’ve also strategically placed first aid cabinets throughout our buildings with eye wash bottles, bandages and other items that might be needed for minor injuries.


These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.