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Notice to Readers: Healthy Vision Month --- May 2006

May is Healthy Vision Month. The theme this year is Eye Safety at Work Is Everyone's Business, and the focus is on reducing occupational eye injuries. An estimated 300,000 persons with work-related eye injuries and illnesses are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments each year (1), representing approximately one third of all medically treated occupational eye injuries and illnesses in the United States (2). Among private industry employers, approximately 37,000 eye injuries and illnesses resulting in one or more days away from work occur each year (3).

Healthy People 2010 objectives include reducing the rate of occupational eye injuries and illnesses among U.S. workers. To aid in this goal, the National Eye Institute, National Safety Council, and CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in collaboration with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, have cosponsored this year's Healthy Vision Month and launched an educational campaign to increase occupational eye injury awareness. Information to assist employers, workers, and communities in reducing workplace eye injuries is available at http://www.healthyvision2010.org/hvm.

References

  1. CDC. Work-related injury statistics query system (Work--RISQS). US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; 2002. Available at http://www2a.cdc.gov/risqs.
  2. CDC. Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses treated in hospital emergency departments---United States, 2003. MMWR 2006;55:449--52.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lost-worktime injuries and illnesses: characteristics and resulting time away from work, 2004. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2005. Available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf.



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