4 Reasons to Replenish Your Company’s Stock of Radiation Safety Glasses: Part I
Radiation safety glasses keep your eyes safer. Even limited exposure to radiation from x-ray machines, fluoroscopes, and some orthopedic surgery tools can lead to cataracts and vision problems. But it’s not enough to just have a couple of pairs available in your lab or hospital for the most dangerous tasks. Make sure all of your staff are equipped with the right safety equipment to do their jobs safely and thoroughly. Even consider having extra pairs on hand because:
1. It’s important to plan for business expansion, regular inspections, and breakage.
In the course of day-to-day labwork and x-ray examinations, surprises happen. An older pair of radiation safety glasses may break or a developing crack has grown too large. Maybe you have outdated equipment that isn’t as strong as it should be to mitigate the effects of newer equipment. Or it could just be that your supply has dwindled down (or your employee base has grown) and you just don’t have enough anymore. But having extra radiation glasses onsite always helps.
Don’t slow down lab efficiency to wait for a replacement pair.
The United States government doesn’t have a blanket requirement that radiologists, fluoroscope technicians, and other professionals exposed to concentrated radiation have to wear eye safety equipment. But many large medical corporations and hospital conglomerates have private policies requiring them. If your lab mandates that technicians have to use radiation safety glasses, then not having enough can slow down the work.
It’s hard to estimate how many glasses your lab needs, especially if you’re working on a tight budget. But you should try to have one pair of glasses available per staff member who will need the glasses. If that isn’t possible, aim for enough inventory to cover your largest shift plus an additional fifty percent. Even if they aren’t all scheduled to work and use the glasses at the same time, it provides a healthy margin of safety in the event of:
- Sudden departmental expansion or a reallocation of inventory within larger organizations.
- Inspections in which onsite guests need eye safety equipment. Inspections often take place during the course of the regular business day, so you need to have enough equipment for both the regular staff, the inspector’s party, and the guide or director.
- Broken equipment. Emergencies can happen, and being short on equipment could make your staff feel pressured to go without adequate eye safety. Always have a backup so dedicated employees don’t have to choose.
An extra pair lets you get lenses repaired instead of having to buy at a premium.
Every business has felt the financial crunch of having to buy something at a premium rate so the business day isn’t slowed down. If your lab or facility needs a new pair of radiation safety glasses (or even several pairs) immediately, then you don’t have time to wait for sales or to negotiate for lowered expenses.
But extra inventory gives you more than enough time to find the right suppliers for your business. If your staff can just switch out a broken pair of glasses for a new set and notify the equipment manager, then they have negotiating power. They can order a replacement pair without the rush, look for new technology that better protects the users, or send the glasses in for repair when possible. While eye safety is invaluable, a backup supply helps reduce the overall annual expense.
Make the onboarding process as simple as possible.
Extra glasses also helps keep lab expansion simple. If you work for a major hospital chain, then the Human Resources department is probably in a different building entirely. You and your staff may not be kept fully up-to-date on the hiring of new technicians, especially once the interview portion is over and it’s all a matter of paperwork.
But if it’s a new technician’s or researcher’s first day, it’s important to set the tone by emphasizing safety. The best way to do that is by having leaded vests, gloves, and radiation safety glasses ready for them. Not only is that a great way to build up procedural routine, especially if they were previously employed by an organization that didn’t require the glasses, it looks professional. Just like you and your staff are waiting to see what the new employee is made out of, they’re wondering if your site is a good fit for them.
2. Even medical businesses are going mobile.
Whether it was caused by the huge market of Internet services or the increasing number of small businesses, mobile companies have taken the country by storm. Initially, these businesses focused on services like landscaping, repairs, and delivery. But they have grown to increase technical and medical fields, too. Anything from traveling veterinary clinics to mobile optical offices is possible, and the businesses are booming.
If your medical business is considering going mobile, equipment is an unignorable conflict. With mobile data, third-party services, and increasingly smart technical software, a tablet can replace a lot of the bulk you need in a physical office. But it doesn’t replace the technical equipment or the safety gear, so get your radiation glasses to go.
Meet people’s expectations, even if you don’t have to.
When you take your business on the road, some customers aren’t going to trust you as much as they trust brick-and-mortar businesses. You may have to fight against the long-lasting mythos of the snake-oil salesman, and the best way to do that is to meet your customers’ expectations of what professionals do and look like as much as possible. Even if your corporation doesn’t require radiation safety glasses, wear them because potential customers respect technical safety. Radiation glasses aren’t just a good business practice, they’re good marketing.
You can’t completely control the environment.
A rolling x-ray machine can be set up in an unused conference room or any spare space with four walls. But once you’ve lost the complete control of your office space to keep visitors’ and patients’ eyes away from the radiation, you need to use policy to keep people safe. Always equip nearby customers with radiation glasses, especially if there are children nearby who might not stay where they’re told to. Eye problems can develop with varying degrees of exposure to radiation, and there’s no way to know what other people’s saturation points are. Carry extra glasses to protect them, your staff, and your business.
Whether you have a stationary laboratory, a chain of surgical hospitals, or a mobile veterinary service, radiation safety should be one of your top concerns at all times. Keeping your safety equipment inventory in line with your growth is part of keeping your employees and third parties safe. Go to Phillips Safety Products here to find the glasses you need to keep your staff protected. We offer the protective lenses and comfortable frames you’re looking for to replenish your inventory or replace any outdated pairs.