Eye Safety: Focus on Requirements, Products and Practices

July 12, 2018

More than 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace every year at a cost of more than $300 million in lost production time, medical expenses and workers’ compensation. The good news, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is that consistent use of safety glasses can prevent nearly 90 percent of these injuries.

Industry Requirements
Manufacturing, construction, woodworking, laboratory, welding, plumbing, medical and auto industries must outfit certain workers with safety eyewear, per OSHA requirements. Employees who work with energized electrical equipment require eye and face protection, as well. These workers risk injury from arc flashes and arc blasts. The ANSI Z87.1-2010 Standard requires that protective eyewear bear labeling on lenses and frames. All high-impact lenses must show the manufacturer’s mark, followed by a + sign in the upper/outer corner. All prescription safety lenses must be paired with frames marked “Z87-2+” for ANSI compliance.
Product Choices
That’s clear enough. Less clear is which eyewear to choose from the myriad products available. One emerging trend combines safety eyewear with other personal protective equipment, or PPE. Integrated face shields, for example, offer further protection from chemical splashes, falling objects and flying sparks. And innovations in anti-fogging technology and indirect venting optimize workers’ visibility.

Your organization can choose from safety glasses and safety goggles. Goggles shield the face around the eyes, but must be fitted to form a perfect seal. Safety glasses with a foam gasket around the frontal eye socket bone protects workers from airborne fibers, dust and bugs., while cover safety goggles can be worn over corrective eyewear. Lastly, choices in lens coatings accommodate a range of lighting situations. But your employees shouldn’t wear tinted eyewear inside dark buildings; clear-lens safety eyewear is necessary when indoors.

Workplace Practices
Get the most from your investment in PPE by encouraging your workers to wear their safety eyewear.

  • Fit employees for safety eyewear and give them options. For example, HVAC workers may prefer reversed bifocal lenses, enabling them to view objects up close without tilting their heads back.
  • Noncompliance is due most often to fogging, discomfort or both.
  • Publish eyewear and other PPE policies in your organization’s employee handbook.
  • Review the PPE policy with workers; get their “buy-in.”
  • Hold a safety class that showcases tenured employees demonstrating what works best to protect their eyes.
  • Train supervisors to enforce PPE policies.
  • Lead by example; encourage managers and supervisors to wear protective eyewear. Workers watch for demonstrable safety leadership!



We encourage you to visit OSHA’s website for helpful resources. Its “eTool,” for example, includes a hazard assessment, information about selecting protective devices and OSHA’s requirements.
For guidance on safety eyewear, workplace practices and resources to help protect your workers’ eyes, visit the Knowledge Center on Pinnacol’s website. Or contact Pinnacol’s Safety On Call at safetyoncall@pinnacol.com or 303.361.4700 or 888.501.4752. Our safety services team stands ready to answer questions and help keep your workforce safe, healthy and on the job.

Live Music Leaves Lasting Memories…for Customers and Businesses

July 11, 2018


Whenever songwriters play gigs, they invariably interact with the audience. That’s because live music encourages the whole crowd to participate. People ask to hear cover songs, as well as originals, and when that happens, it’s a beautiful sight for bar and restaurant owners because studies show that customers stay longer, spend more and have lasting impressions of establishments when live music is played. And what business wouldn’t want to be remembered for being a place where customers had a good time? Especially when date night, happy hour with coworkers, or a night out with friends comes around.

Erin Leon, Managing Director of Sales at Waterfront Brewery in Key West, FL agrees with these findings saying, “Music is everything. Live music brings people in the doors and keeps people there.”

Leger, The Research Intelligence Group, also proved the point in a study1 they did on live music in conjunction with BMI. The data shows that for respondents between 18-49 years-old², 85% enjoy their bar or restaurant experience more when live music is performed, 83% are more likely to return to an establishment with live music as opposed to one without, and 82% would recommend a bar or restaurant with live music to their friends.  Other findings show that 80% of customers will stay longer in a bar or restaurant if there is live music, while 70% spend more money on food and drinks.

So, what do songwriters contribute to live music? The songs!

Country artist RaeLynn, who is also a BMI singer-songwriter, had this to say about songwriters behind the scenes writing hits that people come out to hear: “All of us artists are always in the spotlight, but the songwriters are the reason why we are what we are so I think it is super important to highlight them.”

As for festivals, songwriters whose names you might not know but whose music you do, have been rocking them annually for years. And each year, bar and restaurant owners look forward to these events and the revenue they bring to the whole area. From Maui to Chicago and every place in between, live music rocks towns, beaches, street fairs and stadiums – there’s no place too big or too small when it comes to entertaining a crowd and leaving a lasting impression – both on the audience and the business owner whose establishment plays a part of that lasting memory.

So now the question is, how do songwriters live on what they make playing gigs? They belong to performing rights organizations like BMI that license their music and pay them royalties when their songs are played publicly. These performance fees generally make-up the majority of a songwriter’s income, especially for those who are not well-known artists, of which there are thousands. BMI’s mission is to ensure that these songwriters are paid for their efforts so that the creation of music in all genres continues for all of us to enjoy and benefit from. As a non-profit-making performing rights organization recognized in the U.S. Copyright Law as a licensor of music, BMI distributes 88% of all licensing fees to the songwriters we represent so they can keep on creating the music that they, and we, love. Take a look at some of the highlights from the Key West Songwriters Festival to hear from them, as well as listen to what some in the F&B industry had to say about live music and why they have a BMI license.

For more information about how to license your music use, visit bmi.com or call a BMI representative at 888-689-5264.