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March observance puts focus on workplace eye safety

For most of us, vision is critical for living our lives and doing our jobs. While some workers perform tasks that are so hazardous that they must wear safety glasses or goggles, virtually all workers have reason to pay attention to eye safety. In recognition of this fact, an organization called Prevent Blindness America is designating March as Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month.

In keeping with the spirit of this observance, this post is intended to provide a few facts and stats to raise your awareness about the importance of eye safety at work. For instance, according to the PBA, every day in the United States, over 2,000 workers fall victim to eye injuries.

The PBA wants to see this number reduced and claims that the correct use of safety eyewear could eliminate 90 percent of workplace eye injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration places requirements on employers to make sure their employees have proper eye protection.

Of course, there are obvious hazards, such as flying debris or particles, that could cause injuries, but there are more subtle threats as well. For example, there are work environments, such as hospitals and labs, where workers may be exposed to illnesses that could be contracted through the eye.

Even a seemingly benign office environment can house threats to eye health in the form of computer screens. Although computer screens do not cause permanent vision damage, staring at them can cause headaches and other maladies.

If you should suffer a workplace injury that affects your eyesight, you will likely be eligible to receive workers' compensation to help cover expenses for treatment and time lost from work. The level of compensation is typically contingent upon the severity of the injury, so it is important that when filing a claim, you properly detail the extent of the harm you suffered.

To this end, you may wish to work with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can help you file a claim that fully accounts for your expenses so you may recover an amount that covers your needs.

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