As October draws to a close we celebrate National Safe Work Month, an initiative led by Safe Work Australia to improve health and safety in the workplace. The theme for this year’s campaign is “A moment is all it takes” reminding all Australians that all it takes is a single moment for a workplace incident to occur and, equally, that a single moment is all it takes to prevent harm. As part of National Safe Work Month, RANZCO is encouraging everybody to get involved in workplace safety, particularly eye safety, to prevent eye injuries in the workplace.
Injuries can be devastating
Workplace accidents can result in devastating eye injuries which can place a huge, potentially preventable, burden on patients, their families and society more broadly. According to a 2014- 2015 report from Safe Work Australia, eye injuries in the workplace are very common, with over 840 people making a serious eye injury claim during the reporting period. Data from workers’ compensation claims has also found the most common diagnosis for eye-related injury and disease stemmed from a foreign body in the eye. Alarmingly, almost one-quarter of eye injuries that resulted in an ED presentation occurred while working for income.