It is a widely-known fact that more older people are staying in the Arizona workforce. Many have found that they don't have the money they need to retire. Therefore, a growing number of workers are older than age 55. In fact, one out of every five American workers is older than 55, and that number is only expected to continue to grow; by 2016, a full one in three workers will fall into that category. With these changes, however, companies must continue to assess their prevention plans against workplace illness and workplace injuries, because older workers have different needs than the younger population.
Among other problems, older workers are more likely to suffer from eye strain, macular degeneration and a variety of other vision-related ailments. Although diminished vision may not seem like that much of a safety concern, employees in critical positions may injure themselves and others if they cannot see properly. Workplace safety programs should include accommodations and special provisions for those who suffer from vision loss.