According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) falling and fighting are the top two reasons that cause eye injuries that result in hospitalizations.
The study, conducted over a 10 year period tracked all eye injuries where the patient had to be hospitalized and found that:
The top reason recorded for eye injuries was falling (8,425 recorded cases). Most of the patients involved were elderly (over 60 years of age)
The second most recorded reason was brawling or fighting (nearly 8,000 recorded cases, not that far behind falling).
Additionally, the study found that the cost of treating these injuries increased by 62 percent.
Read the complete article on the AAO sites here.
Have you heard of this movie? It’s the story of Australia’s worst serial killer Jack Ingleburn. His toll was 56 victims but what makes this story interesting, especially in context of this blog, is how Jack murdered his victims.
Jack Ingleburn you see was a safety consultant for a number of large companies in Australia. He apparently murdered his victims by removing safeguards, safety devices, lockout and slicing straps and other safety features that were put there to protect the workers he was supposed to be trying to help protect.
In his court trial, he put forth as his defense that he never actually murdered anyone. He claimed that they had all killed themselves because they didn’t run through the safety checklist like they were supposed to. “Each death or harm could have been simply avoided if those people just did their pre-starts, had a safety talk before a task, reported hazards and checked their safety equipment before doing their jobs, but they choose or where forced to chose to ignore safety, both of these are not my fault“.
The court didn’t buy his defense and sentenced him to 56 life sentences.
The new ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard was just released at the beginning of February. The new Standard provides the most significant changes since the standard was developed in 1999.
Below are some highlights of the new ANSI 107-2015 compared to the ANSI 107-2010.
1. Updated Garment Types & Classes:
EXISTING: There are still three garment Performance Classes based on amounts of background materials and reflective materials (Class 1, 2, 3 and Supplemental Class E).
NEW: 3 new types of garments have been outlined within each of the 3 Performance Classes that provide further guidance for work activities being performed.
2. Supplementary Class E & Updated Class 3 Ensemble:
NEW: Leg Gaiters are NOW considered Class E Compliant as long as the background and retroreflective material meet the minimum ANSI requirements.
NEW: A Class E item (such as a pair of compliant Leg Gaiters) can now be worn with a Performance Class 2 or Class 3 upper body garment making the overall classification for the ensemble Performance Class 3.
3. Sizing Revision For Smaller Workers:NEW: ANSI 107-2015 has made apparel accommodations to adapt to smaller sized wearers.
NEW: The new 2015 Standard reduces the background material requirements for the smallest size offered. Type R (“roadway”) Class 2 and Class 3, are now offered in a “true to size – Size S”. The new sizing accommodation brings comfort, and more importantly added safety for smaller workers.
4. Updated Label Pictogram Requirement:EXISTING: All ANSI garments have been required to have a Pictogram label.
NEW: The New 2015 Standard requires all ANSI garment labels to clearly designate 3 factors:
X: Type of Garment. (O, R, or P)
Y: Class of Garment. (1, 2, 3 or E)
Z: FR or Non-FR Designation
NEW: If the garment is FR Compliant, the specific standard must be appropriately noted on the label.
NEW: If the garment is Non-FR, the pictogram must clearly be labeled “NON-FR” and the following statement must be present:
“This garment is not Flame Resistant as defined by ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Section 10.5.”
For a more in-depth overview on the updates included within ANSI/ISEA 107-2015
please see below to download a .PDF copy of our Technical Document:
“ISEA Board Releases New Standard: ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Tech Doc”
Prior to 2015, traffic accidents were progressively on the decline. That trend drastically changed last year when traffic deaths climbed by almost 10%.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there were more than 26,000 traffic fatalities in the first three quarters of 2015, compared to the almost 24,000 road fatalities in the first three quarters of 2014. That’s an almost 10% jump.
The region that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana had an increase that was double the average, at 20%.
While the NHTSA claims that it’s too early to speculate about the reasons for this spike, I will go out on a limb here and say that it’s primarily due to cell devices and the dangerous practice of texting, talking and surfing the web while driving and that, until we find a way to curb this, we’ll continue to see an increase.
If you’ve got small children you know how much of a lifesaver a tablet, a cell phone or the TV can be at times. Your child might not sit still long enough to read a book but if you put them in front of a video game they’ll stay mesmerized for hours at a time.
Debates have raged concerning the merits or dangers associated with letting your children spend so much time with electronic devices and TVs but there are new studies that seem to point to the fact that it might also lead to vision problems later in life.
The problem is that the crystal lens in your child’s eyes don’t fully develop until they are older. It might not be fully formed until your child is three or four. The blue light from LED screens goes straight through instead of being blocked as it does in adults where the crystal lens is fully formed.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting children under 2-years of age to no exposure and children over 2 to no more than 2 hours a day, others are saying that just isn’t realistic. A better solution, the advocate, is to get your children to wear protective glasses that block the blue light.
If your children already has to wear glasses, you can get a coating added to your child’s glasses. If not you can purchase blue light blocking glasses for your child at http://www.gunnars.com/