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It is 2020. I just got through worrying about rolling over from 1999 to “Y2K.” Remember the chaos that created? Stern warnings from techno geeks around the globe that desktop computers would not start up on January 1. Call me crazy, but I was more concerned about how to say the new date. As it happened, my computer fired up on New Year’s Day without having to open a ticket with IT and I soon got used to saying it was the year “two thousand.”

Hard to believe that was twenty years ago, but here we and with a daily date reminder that we are near-sighted, in need of reading glasses and overdue for an eye exam. Getting your vision checked is important. Vision problems can develop gradually and you might not realize that you aren’t seeing clearly. Last spring my daughter got new glasses and as we left the ophthalmologist’s office she proclaimed, “Mom! Those trees have leaves!” She had no idea. 

As a safety professional are there things you aren’t seeing? Is your focus on the right things or are you simply dealing with the stuff that is easy to see? Are you due for a safety vision check? Take some time to adjust your sight and ensure your vision for safety is 20/20!


Holli Singleton

Holli SingletonHolli Singleton is the Assistant Director of Safety & Health Services at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. In addition to managing the services offered by the Safety and Health Specialists, she develops and presents workplace safety and health education courses, conducts worksite assessments and provides occupational safety and environmental assistance to employers throughout the southeastern region of the United States.