Eye Safety


The eye safety training course provides the knowledge needed to work safely where eye protection is required.

DURATION |  20 minutes

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Eye Safety training

This online Eye Safety Training course provides the knowledge needed to understand how eye injuries occur, how to prevent them and how to treat an eye injury in an emergency response situation.

Eye injuries can be caused in almost any environment, and by the most minuscule foreign object. Organisations and individuals need to know how to identify and assess the level of protection they need, by foreseeing the risk they are exposed.  Only this way can the correct type of eyewear protection be put in place.  Eye safety training like this course will help compliance to your eye safety procedures.


Course Aim

This Eye Safety training course is aims to reduce the chance of eye injures at work.  By providing best-practice guidance, upon completion employees will understand how to work safely where there is a risk of eye injuries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Factors that contribute to eye injuries at work
  • Causes eye injuries at work
  • Where eye injuries happen most often
  • How eye injuries can be prevented
  • Basic eye injury first aid

Course Content

UNIT 1 | Eye protection

  • What causes eye injuries
  • Eye and face protection – Selection Chart
  • Types of Eye Protection
  • Computers & Display equipment

UNIT 2 | Treating Eye Injuries

  • Common injuries and responses
  • First Aid Emergencies
  • Resolution

Ideal For

All employees who are exposed to hazards that have the potential to cause an eye injury for example, machinery and hand should understand best practice around eye safety.  The types of roles that benefit from this training are:

  • Construction workers
  • Laboratory workers
  • Joiners
  • Warehouse workers
  • Mechanics
  • Craft Workers
  • Those working with hazardous substances that could splash


At the end of the online Eye Safety training course there is a 10 question, multiple choice quiz.  If the learner demonstrates their understanding of the course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80% they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful.  A posted certificate is available for £9.



  • Accelerated Learning | 30 minutes
  • Complies with UK & EU legislation
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  • PDF Certificate
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Further Guidance

What are the laws around eye safety?

There are 3 main laws and regulations, outlining what employers must do to keep employees safe from eye injuries in the workplace.  Namely the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999). and the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002).

To identify, analyse and prevent health and safety risks it is important to carry out a risk assessment. Your risk assessment is a process thinking about potential harm employees could face and what to do about it.  Your risk assessment will be written down if you employee 5 or more staff and explain what should be done in clear terms.

Periodically you will do back and think again about the risk assessment.  For example when new machinery arrives or if an employees faces a near-miss.  A situation where they could have been hurt but just through pure luck, weren’t.

What causes eye injuries?

Potential hazards at work place that could cause eye injuries mostly include flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapours, potentially infected material or potentially harmful light radiation.

Failure to wear eye protection is the key factor in most eye injuries.

According to statistics, almost 70% of accidents result from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. It is estimated that nearly three-fifths of the objects are smaller than a pin head. Contact with chemicals, splashed liquids or flying chemical particles causes 20% of eye injuries. Other accidents are caused by objects swinging from a fixed or attached position, like tree limbs, ropes, chains, or tools which are pulled into the eye.

How to prevent eye injuries?

It is crucial to select and wear appropriate eyewear (UK HSE P.P.E. Guidance) that meets the correct criteria depending on the environment. This will depend on the hazards encountered, along with the appropriate HSE legislation. Proper fitting of the eyewear is also key to ensure adequate protection. When choosing protective eyewear, it is important to use protective wear that meet the British manufacturing standards.

It is estimated that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear and of course, by being aware of one’s environment and taking proper care.

In addition, everyone in a workplace should know how to respond to HSE injuries. In this eye injury course, you will learn what to do if you suffer an eye injury or are required to be a first respondent. This knowledge can be vital to prevent irreversible damage to the eye. 

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