Thousands of workplace eye injuries are reported every year in Canada. The most serious of these result in blindness.

Severe eye injuries have an enormous impact on a person’s life and on those close to them. Individuals sustaining eye injuries may require years of rehabilitation and vocational retraining in order to perform daily tasks and to be able to work. Statistics show only 32% of Canadians with vision loss is employed.

Employers also incur a direct cost for these injuries, such as loss and replacement of the injured worker, low morale among coworkers, increased insurance premiums and, in some cases, fines.

It is estimated that 90 per cent of eye injuries are preventable with the use of properly fitted safety eyewear and by following workplace safety procedures. This highlights the importance of wearing eye protection.

To address the problem of workplace eye injuries, CNIB has developed an exciting “Eye Safety Workshop” in an effort to educate workers about eye safety in the workplace and motivate them to follow safe work practices. The workshop focuses on the consequences associated with an eye injury and forces participants to consider the personal cost of an eye injury; motivating them to be diligent about wearing appropriate eye protection and following workplace safety protocols.

In an effort to spread the eye safety message NBFSA is sponsoring 3 CNIB “Eye Safety Workshops” over the next 12 months at three different sites in the province.  Each workshop is 90 minutes long and uses a combination of real-life stories and interactive exercises to drive the message home that your eyes are worth protecting.

If you are interested in hosting a CNIB “Eye Safety Workshop” at your mill or if you have any questions please contact us or Clarissa Harris Lebreton of the CNIB at clarissa.harrislebreton@cnib.ca or (506) 875-8322.

About CNIB

CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to research, public education and the vision health for all Canadians. CNIB provides the services and support necessary for people to enjoy a good quality of life while living with vision loss. We are Canada’s primary source for programs that inform and educate the public about vision health issues.

Visit www.cnib.ca for more information.