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3 2009, 14(4): 394-399 Back to browse issues page
Evaluation of Safety Devices Used in Work-Related Eye Injuries
MD, MPH M Katibeh , MD N Rafatti, MD M Sehat, MD M Mirzadeh, MD N Ghasemzadeh, MD M Azarmina
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Purpose: To report and evaluate the characteristics of patients referred to the emergency department of Labbafinejad Medical Center with work-related eye injuries during 2005.

 Methods: In this descriptive study, an available sample of patients with work-related eye injures were assessed. Demographic characteristics, causes of ocular trauma, and use of work safety devices were main evaluated variables.

Results: Overall, 99 subjects (96% male) with mean age of 31.76±10.55 years were enrolled. Mean time interval between the accident and referral to eye emergency was 2.46±4.46 days (0-30 days). Of these, 66.6% came to the emergency ward on the first day after the incident and 37.1% underwent an eye examination at this center for the first time. The most unsafe activities were grinding (21.4%), welding (20.4%), hammering work (14.3%) and manual work (10.2%). Metal industrial (50%), constructional (17.3%) and mechanical (8.2%) workers had the highest risk for eye injury among different occupations. The major consequence of eye injuries was corneal foreign bodies (72.7%). Of injured patients, only 14 persons (14.1%) had passed job safety educational courses and 93 persons (93.9%) had not used any eye protection device.

Conclusion: Most injured patients were young men workers using no safety devices; therefore it seems that occupational safety efforts including eye protection education and training programs in this context is insufficient.

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Katibeh M, Rafatti N, Sehat M, Mirzadeh M, Ghasemzadeh N, Azarmina M. Evaluation of Safety Devices Used in Work-Related Eye Injuries. 3. 2009; 14 (4) :394-399
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