Thursday, May 04, 2006

Healthy Vision Month Focuses on Workplace Eye Safety

Eye injuries major issue in workplace ...

"Each day, more than 2,000 U.S. workers receive medical treatment because of work-related eye injuries, while more than 800,000 eye injuries occur annually. In an effort to reduce those numbers, the National Eye Institute and other organizations are focusing on workplace eye safety as part of Healthy Vision Month 2006.

Workplace injuries are a leading cause of eye trauma, vision loss, disability and blindness, according to Paul Sieving, Ph.D., director of vision research at the National Institutes of Health, which house the National Eye Institute.

Many eye injuries occur because workers are not wearing the right eye protection, their eye protection does not fit or they are not wearing any protection at all. Flying fragments of metal, wood, concrete and other building materials, along with windblown dust and debris, splashes from chemicals and molten metal, hot sparks, optical radiation and even the everyday nail, are common workplace eye hazards.

"To help promote eye health and safety at work, Healthy Vision Month 2006 will focus on what employers and employees can do to reduce the number of job-related eye injuries," Sieving said."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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