Free information – Tools to drive home the message
Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has introduced new materials to assist health and safety managers spread the message about the risks and legal requirements relating to occupational driving.
To capture the interest of employees, a light-hearted but useful resource is available in the form of an actual-size number plate, with a 20.5m length of ribbon attached. Instructions are included so that employees are able to check for themselves whether they would pass this basic legal requirement for driver eyesight.
Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “The ribbon and number plate is a physical reminder of just how rudimentary the minimum requirements are for driver eyesight. According to the road safety charity, Brake, one in six drivers would fail an eye test, so this could prove a valuable exercise.”
Accompanying materials are also available displaying facts about the risks faced by at-work drivers, explaining where responsibility lies and setting out the various eyecare options for drivers and their employers.
Randall continued: “HGV and bus drivers face much more stringent tests of health and eyesight because of the extra risk posed. Those who drive their own car, or a company car for meetings or deliveries are also at increased risk.
“In fact, the Occupational Road Safety Alliance states that company-car drivers have 50-per-cent more accidents than domestic road-users. But it is still up to the conscience of the individual employer as to whether to implement more prudent checks.”
For a free copy of the Driving For Work materials, call: 0115 933 0800, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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