16.06.2011

Employers "must protect workers" eyesight"

Employers "must protect workers" eyesight"

Employers need to remember that they have a duty to protect the vision of their workforce and ensure they have regular eye check-ups, one expert has pointed out.

James Glover, spokesman for the healthcare organisation Simplyhealth, noted that companies are now legally obliged to protect the eyesight of employees who regularly use a visual display unit for an hour each day.

He added: "From next year, under EU legislation, this obligation extends to employees who drive while on company business."

The expert added that offering employees a cash plan to cover the cost of prescription glasses and contact lenses could be an option for some firms.

It follows the publication of a report by Sight Care which revealed that nearly 50 per cent of workers who spend at least five hours a day in front of a computer screen have not had their eyes tested in the last 12 months.

by Emily Tait


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