Selby & Taylor have made a simple and affordable way to protect your employee's health.
In line with current Health and Safety regulations it is now your responsibility as an employer to provide free safety spectacles for all employees who are at risk from hazards in the workplace.Eye protection is a requirement under Regulation 4 of the Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulation 1992 when at risk in a hazardous area. Employers must provide personal protective equipment that offers suitable protection to personnel who may be exposed to potential health risks.
The guidance states that where an employee normally wears spectacles and the risk assessment determines that safety spectacles are appropriate, prescription spectacles shall be purchased at the expense of the employer.
Display Screen Equipment regulations 1992 (DSE) requires employers to minimise the risks in VDU work by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed.
The regulations apply where an employee habitually uses VDUs as a significant part of their normal work. It is normally agreed that “habitual” means regularly using a terminal for periods of over one hour.
Benefits of DSE compliance: 2007
Driving & Vision
Here’s a scary fact; 1 in 3 of corporate drivers is not fit to drive
Did you know 33%of road traffic collisions involve someone driving on behalf of work?
Recent research has shown that 1 in 3 drivers may not have good enough eyesight to drive safely; indeed many drivers will not have taken an eyesight test since being asked to read a number plate at 20 m during their driving test.
Changes to legislation could affect you and your employees. Company car and van drivers could be stripped of their license within hours if they fail a roadside eyesight test.
Fleet managers are being advised to give everyone who drives a company vehicle regular eyesight tests following the introduction of tougher legislation.
The police were officially given enhanced powers to take immediate action against any motorist who fails a roadside eye test. Any driver stopped by police who is unable to read a license plate at a distance of 20m will now have their driving license stripped within a matter of hours.
Although there is currently no specific legal requirement for a business to ensure that its drivers comply with minimum sight requirements, companies are being encouraged to introduce regular eye tests to prove duty of care.
Employers have to:
1. Analyse workstations and assess and reduce risks
2. Ensure workstations meet minimum requirements
3. Plan work so there are breaks or changes of activity
4. On request, arrange eye tests and provide spectacles if needed.
5. Provide health and safety training and information