Pennsylvania workers may be interested to hear that March is Workplace
Eye Wellness Month, and an organization called Prevent Blindness America
is offering employers guidance in protecting their employees from injuries.
In just one year, 25,230 eye injuries at work required employees to take
time away from their jobs. And as readers in the Pittsburgh area know,
time away from work may require
workers' compensation benefits if a workplace injury results in medical expenses or lost wages. However,
the good news is that 90 percent of eye injuries are avoidable with appropriate
Prevent Blindness America is offering employers two programs to assist
in preventing temporary or permanent injuries. The first program is called
Eye2Eye, which allows employees to undergo eye safety training to become
certified as an Eye2Eye Safety Ambassador. Those employees can receive
continual access to online safety materials and information.
The second program is called the Healthy Eyes Educational Series. In this
training series, employers can download free safety training content.
The training documents include PowerPoint presentations, presenter guides
Eye health and injury prevention are critical in all lines of work. Prevent
Blindness America suggests the following tactics to prevent these injuries
- Assess the safety of the workplace and surroundings
- Require the use of protective eyewear and provide protection that fits
- Educate employees on safety techniques
- Require participation in safety training sessions
- Lead by example and ensure management is also following safety techniques
- Be prepared for an eye emergency
A decrease in on-the-job injuries can only lead to the well-being of employees,
and safety education programs offer a number of proven methods that are
beneficial for employers and employees alike.
Source: Health News Digest, "Prevent Blindness America Offers Employers Resources to Help Protect Workers'
Vision, Eye Health," Feb. 28, 2012