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ILO/IAPB Collaboration: Advancing Eye Health in the World of Work

The new research highlights the importance of good vision for workplace safety and productivity and emphasizes the need for additional action to safeguard employees' eye health.

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A new report developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was launched on the 5th of September at a live streamed event attended by ILO, IAPB and WHO representatives, among others.

The new report draws attention to healthy vision as being integral to safety and productivity at work and that more needs to be done to protect workers’ eye health.

According to the report, 13 million people live with vision impairment linked to their work, with an estimated 3.5 million eye injuries occurring in the workplace every year. This amounts to 1 per cent of all non-fatal occupational injuries. Eye health significantly affects labour: workers with vision impairment are 30 per cent less likely to be employed, compared to those without. This underscores the need for coordinated global, national, and workplace initiatives to protect workers’ well-being.

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