Protect Blindness America, Sperian Join Forces to Reduce Workplace Eye Injuries

Feb. 23, 2010
Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, and Sperian Protection have entered into a strategic partnership to help reduce workplace eye injuries and promote a culture of safety.

Together, the industry leaders will develop an innovative, nationwide safety leadership program to educate and certify workers, empowering them with the skills they need to promote safe working conditions among their peers.

“Sperian understands the unique demands on safety directors and is committed to helping them improve compliance among their workforce,” said David Iannelli, senior product manager for Uvex, a Sperian brand. “We also understand the important role that high-quality personal protective equipment plays in creating a culture of safety. Together with Prevent Blindness America, we will develop creative solutions to inspire safety among workers in every industry.”

Prevent Blindness America and Sperian recently concluded an in-depth study of workplace safety programs. More than two hundred safety directors in North America were interviewed, and various types of safety programs were evaluated. Sperian and Prevent Blindness America found that promoting proper eye protection is an important first step in creating a successful culture of safety, and that peer-to-peer education is a key factor in improving compliance. Study results will help shape the innovative programs that Uvex and Prevent Blindness America will introduce.

“The vast majority of eye injuries are preventable by wearing the proper safety eyewear,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “It is our shared belief with Sperian that, by employing a radically new approach to compliance, we can achieve a significantly lower number of workplace eye injuries each year. We are excited to work closely with Sperian to make this vision a reality.”

About the Author

Laura Walter

Laura Walter was formerly senior editor of EHS Today. She is a subject matter expert in EHS compliance and government issues and has covered a variety of topics relating to occupational safety and health. Her writing has earned awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Her debut novel, Body of Stars (Dutton) was published in 2021.

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