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Document ID (ISN)109368
CIS number 09-313
ISSN - Serial title 0465-546X - Medicina y seguridad del trabajo
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Serrano Ramos C., Jiménez Bajo L., Jerez Hidalgo M., O'Connor Pérez S., Bardón Fernández-Pacheco I., Caso Pita C.
Title Eye protection: Importance and use
Original title Protección ocular: importancia y uso [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information 4th quarter 2008, Vol.54, No.213, p.81-86. Illus. 12 ref.
Internet access http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/mesetra/v54n213/original7.pdf [in Spanish]
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and aetiology of eye injuries and to propose preventive measures. It involved 41 patients who consulted the eye emergency department of a hospital in Madrid, Spain, in April 2006 and for whom data on age, sex, occupation, industry, supply and use of eye protection, recidivism, diagnosis and medical care were available. The results showed that 25.6% of the accidents were occupational; 87.2% of the victims were males and 85.4% worked in the construction sector; the most frequent diagnosis was the impact of foreign body; 51.2% of the workers were not supplied with safety spectacles and among those for whom they were available, 48% did not wear them. Close to half of the injuries required only ambulatory treatment, implying that suitable training of plant medical physicians may allow many of the injuries to be treated on site.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; eye injuries; risk factors; safety spectacles
Descriptors (secondary) Spain; human factors; construction industry; disobeying safety instructions; supply of personal protective equipment; sex-linked differences; frequency rates; foreign bodies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Face and eye protection