Provincial safety tour targets injury-prone, young workers

1/16/2015

CNIB is launching it’s first-ever Eye Safety College Tour for students at Holland College across Prince Edward Island starting Monday, January 19.

Holland College campuses across the Island will host nine workshops that hope to instill a culture of eye safety among students studying skilled trades and the province’s future workforce.

The province-wide tour is part of CNIB’s Eye Safety Program, an initiative that educates employers and frontline employees about the importance of practicing eye safety at work, at home and at play. As a result, the program aims to reduce the incidence of eye injuries – especially among young workers in Prince Edward Island.

“Young workers, aged 15-24, are among the highest risk groups for workplace eye injury,” said Debbie Ryan, Vision Health Promotion Coordinator with CNIB. “Talking to students before they enter the workforce will play a key role in fostering a healthier and safer Prince Edward Island.”

It is estimated that more than 720,000 Canadians experience an eye injury requiring medical attention each year – often resulting in lost time in the workplace and, in some cases, temporary or permanent vision loss.

“We are pleased to partner with CNIB on this important, workplace safety initiative," said Nancy Guptill, Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of PEI. "These workshops provide a unique perspective on the personal and professional consequences of vision loss and demonstrate how awareness, training and protective equipment can prevent workplace eye injuries.”

The provincial safety tour urges all Islanders to make their vision health a priority.

“A few devastating seconds is all it takes to go from 20/20 vision to no vision when a worker isn’t wearing protective eyewear or practicing proper work safe procedures,” said Ryan.“Accepting personal responsibility for their own safety is a key component in keeping young workers safe.”

CNIB’s Eye Safety Program is proudly supported by the Workers’ Compensation Board of PEI, Novartis and Holland College. To learn more or to book an eye safety workshop for your organization, please visit please visit cnib.ca/eyesafety.

Quick Facts:

  • Sixty per cent of eye injuries that have occurred in the workplace have been as a direct result of the worker not wearing eye protection at the time of the incident.
  • The most common causes of eye injuries include, foreign matter entering the eye, trauma, chemical exposure, exposure to radiation and not wearing the right kind of personal protective equipment for the task being performed.
  • Seventy-five per cent of all eye conditions causing blindness can be prevented with proper education and precautionary steps.

For more information or to arrange media interviews, please contact:

Nicole Lawrence
Communications Specialist, CNIB
902.453.1480, ext. 5721
nicole.lawrence@cnib.ca

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