EYE HEALTH AT WORK
PROTECTING EMPLOYEESAS WELL AS COMPANY FINANCES
Most employers are well aware of their obligations to provide a working environment that is healthy, safe and without risks. OPSM workplace programs help businesses promote good eye health at work, which in turn improves productivity.
HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?
Eye injuries account for 8% of workplace injuries and around 50,000 incidents each year*. More than half of all the eye injuries suffered in Australia are workplace related^.
Not surprisingly, the majority occur in industries such as construction, mining, agriculture, forestry and fishing. Eye injuries are a big issue that cost Australian businesses around $60 million a year*, not to mention the pain and distress that eye injuries cause to the sufferers themselves.
*Source: Cole 2003
^Source: Optometrists Association Australia 2010
WHAT ABOUT COMPUTER EYE STRAIN?
Computer Eye Strain is now a big problem. Regular use of digital technology such as computers and mobile phones can lead to repetitive strain issues for eyes just as much as typing can affect the wrists and arms. The symptoms include tiredness, headaches and dry or gritty eye sensations, all of which can be distracting, disrupt work and lead to reduced performance.
International studies estimate that having an eye test and adopting appropriate vision correction can reduce errors and increase productivity by up to 25% for workers employed in moderate levels of visual processing*.
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR
Where there’s an elevated risk of eye injuries in the workplace, employers are generally responsible for the costs associated with providing personal protective eyewear such as safety glasses and sun/UV protection. Employees are usually responsible for providing their own prescription glasses if they need them for computer or desk work, but OPSM can assist your employees by providing easy access to eye care services such as those provided by OPSM mobile eye testing
WHAT SHOULD MY COMPANY DO?
Many companies are already introducing world class Eye Care OH&S policies as an integral part of their obligation to ensure a safe and risk-free workplace. These policies recognise stringent legislated safety guidelines concerning eyestrain and related symptoms and the need for employees working in eye injury risk environments to be provided with appropriate protection.
OPSM helps thousands of Australian companies comply with eye care health and safety requirements by providing simple, cost-effective and efficient ways for employees to access general prescription glasses, prescription and non-prescription sunglasses and prescription safety eyewear.
Inviting OPSM to look after the eye health of your employees isn’t just the right thing to do. It makes excellent business sense too.