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March 29, 1941

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR EYES IN INDUSTRY

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO; SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1941;116(13):1343-1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130005003
Abstract

Our essential purpose in this paper is to acquaint the medical profession with the ways and means in vogue at present of protecting the eyes in industry.

"Of all the injuries sustained by industrial workers, those to the eyes are utterly preventable and wholly inexcusable." This statement, made by the safety director1 of a large industrial concern, may at first seem rather broad. In 1936 this same safety director2 reported that it had been over ten years since any one of his concern's 22,000 employees had lost an eye or suffered partial loss of vision.

A review of the medical literature will reveal that voluminous material has been written concerning the treatment of injuries of the eye but comparatively little about their prevention. Just a cursory study of a few statistics will show the obvious need of protection for eyes in industry. Unfortunately, accurate records of industrial ocular

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