I used to do a series of articles called “Safety First” wherein I made a post around the first of each month that dealt with various safety related aspects of our hobby. Sadly, that’s a series that has gone the way of the dodo. I’d love to bring it back, but my focus on the blog has turned to document my hobby progress, and not so much to entertain. Still, I’d love to see someone bring it back, as it can do a lot of good for the community.
This is pertinent because I had a safety incident this weekend that could’ve been nasty, and easily could’ve been avoided involving a lack of eye protection. I know I did a safety post about eye safety, but that was apparently just about Lighting & Eye Strain. As you may have guessed, the incident that occurred this weekend was that I had a small amount of superglue shoot into my eye during assembly.
This happened in my garage, where I was assembling some terrain with a friend. I had coated both sides of a wall section with a healthy amount of glue and was squeezing them together firmly in front of my face, and a dollop splurted out into my eye. Immediately, I ran to the sink and washed it out with luke-warm water. The directions indicated that it needed to be done for 15 minutes and that I was to call a physician. I was lucky though in that I don’t think any of the glue actually made it all of the way into my eye. Some of it did crust up under my eyelid though, which made my eye red and irritated for a couple of days.
At work, we make a concerted effort to raise safety awareness at every meeting. I really need to start taking that advice and applying it more to my personal life—and you should too. I don’t want to read any posts like this where people are hurting themselves because they’re too foolish to take simple precautions.
Luckily, this was a minor incident, but I’m going to do my best to ensure that it isn’t merely foreshadowing. You should too.
I’ll leave you with some additional reading, should you be so inclined:
- OSHA’s thoughts on eye/face protection
- The CDC’s thoughts on eye safety
- The Healthy Eyes Toolkit from the National Eye Institute