Struggling to see? Chemical safety when vision deteriorates

Are you having difficulty reading the label on your medications? Perhaps you are having difficulty reading the instructions on the new bottle of furniture polish you purchased? How important is it to read the warning and safe use information on familiar products?
The answer is: it is very important! We take for granted our familiarity with the products we routinely buy – the Domestos in the bathroom for example. But labels have changed and accidents do happen.
For instance, did you know that labelling of hazardous chemicals have changed and this means that some of the pictures used to classify the safety of products look a little different? These pictures give us clear advice regarding the safety requirements of the substance at hand which in turn guides the precautions we should take when handling it. Are you familiar with these new pictures?
The requirement and ability to read the fine print is a task we take for granted until an emergency situation happens and the information available has the potential to save lives. Use of, and ready access to, glasses/magnifying aids are important and taking the time to read labels, especially those with safety symbols or those relating to medication dosage and type, is especially important to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.
Have no doubt “read it out!”
As we become more technologically savvy there will be better ways to support access to information for those of us with deteriorating vision, however in the meantime, having access to aids that assist us in reading fine print labels as well as an understanding of common pictures included in safety labels, is vital to ensuring correct use of a product and the safety of yourself and those around you.

Daniella Polita