Savanna Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 1(1):121 - 125
Eye Safety Practices Among Welders in Alimosho Local Government Area in Lagos, Nigeria
Obahiagbon E. Anita, Odigie O. Monica and Osaigbovo R. Uyinmwen

Welders are at a high risk of having occupational-related eye injuries as a result of exposure to harmful radiations. The purpose of this study was to assess welders’ awareness of occupational safety hazards and utilization of personal protective devices and to know the current level of eye safety practices among welders in Alimosho LGA of Lagos State, Nigeria. Questionnaires were completed by four hundred and seventeen (417) welders in Alimosho LGA, Lagos State. The results obtained showed that 93.3% wear protective devices while 6.7% did not wear. The types of welding performed were arc welding (55.2%), oxyacetylene gas welding (43.9%), and 0.9 % performed others. The duration of practice in the welding industry ranged from 1->12 years with a mean of 3.97 ± 1.07 years and the duration of welding in a day ranged from 1->9 hours with a mean of 3.86 ± 1.01hours. The most common eye devices used by the respondents were safety goggles (52.5%), face mask (41.7%) and helmet (5.8%). There was a high level of awareness and average frequency of utilization of protective devices among these welders. The Nigerian government and the welders association should organize work-related safety training programs for welders.