Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s leading eye health and safety organization, and Uvex, the leading safety eyewear brand of Honeywell Safety Products, today announced they have launched the Eye2Eye initiative, which aims to improve eye safety in the workplace and reduce the more than 800,000 work-related eye injuries that occur every year.
More than 90 percent of workplace eye injuries are preventable through the use of proper eye protection and it’s estimated that eye injuries cost companies $934 million annually. Eye2Eye is a Web-based educational resource that trains employees to communicate the importance of eye health and safety to each other, increases eye safety compliance and builds a stronger culture of safety in the workplace.
Research supporting the Eye2Eye program began in 2009, when Uvex and Prevent Blindness America conducted a survey among 200 safety directors throughout the United States and Canada. Information was compiled regarding best practices in workplace safety and education programs. The results were used to develop Eye2Eye, which features a peer-based, interactive curriculum and community-oriented forum enabling end-users to share their learnings and best practices with each other.
Upon completion of the multimedia training program, employee representatives become certified Eye2Eye Safety Ambassadors, a vital role designed to bridge the gap between safety managers and employees. Safety Ambassadors gain access to the program’s online training modules and also receive product samples and promotional prizes provided by Uvex.
“Since 1948, Prevent Blindness America has helped to educate workers on the importance of protecting vision through proper eye protection,” said Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “We are proud to partner with Uvex to offer the Eye2Eye program and help companies with their efforts to prevent workplace eye injuries.”
“Eye2Eye is a breakthrough approach to improving workplace safety,” said JoAnne Goldman, Uvex brand manager for Honeywell Safety Products. “Based on years of research and input directly from the field, we have created a unique, peer-to-peer learning and information platform to encourage optimum eye safety practices among safety directors and employees. We believe that the widespread adoption of Eye2Eye will result in a dramatic decrease in workplace eye injuries and an improved culture of safety across industries.”
A one-year, $250 membership for Eye2Eye includes online access for up to five employees. More employees may be added at an additional cost.
To sign up for the Eye2Eye workplace eye safety program, please visit Eye2EyeProgram.com or call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020.