Your body at work – Eyes

I am updating an employee handbook for a client at the moment and have written a section called ‘your body at work’. This is a health and safety policy and covers items such as RSI, eyecare, the importance of breaks and manual handling.

As an employer of any size, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your employees are working in a physically and mentally safe and healthy environment.

Many employees use a computer and monitor (VDU / DSE). If you employ people who spend a significant amount of time using a monitor each day, you are obliged to ensure that they receive regular eyesight tests and if a prescription is required specifically for VDU use, you are obliged to pay for this.

The provision of eyecare to employees should be a documented HR policy and an efficient business process should exist to either reimburse employees through expenses or provide eyecare vouchers.

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