504 Reduction of ophthalmologic occurrences with strange metal body of metallurgical company in automotive area

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Abstract

Introduction

The World Health Organisation (WHO) shows damages caused by ocular traumas which cause blindness in 1.5 to 2 million people worldwide every year. Brazilian data point a rate of 150 thousand ocular accidents a year. The aim of these studies is to present data related do work accidents with foreign bodies in the ocular region before and after implanting collective and individual preventive measures.

Methods

Longitudinal Study done in an automotive Company in Joinville-SC, Brazil, from February to April in 2015. It was collected data of ophthalmologic occurrences with foreign bodies among 1412 workers who used to do emery activities in pieces at final process areas.

Results

The company has 7265 employees and a group was studied and presented 19.43% in the total. During the studied period, there were 1083 injuries. In March/2015, there were accidents with ocular trauma done by a foreign body. In September/15 it was implanted a new goggles model. In October/15 there were 71 accidents (reduction of 59%). At the end of process (April/16), the result was 3.7% less compared to the beginning, with 32 events.

Discussion

The reduction of the cases was expressive with the implantation of more than one kind of goggles. Occupational Hygienic actions were contributory to avoid the occurrences and cut down difficulties and inabilities which cause big social-economic impacts. The eradication of these events only happen with the automation of these production areas. Therefore, it is better and reliable than human labour to execute theses activities, by its efficiency in products inspection that is being produced and its quality guarantee. Thus, investing in prevention is the most viable.

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