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April 23, 2008

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Survey shows eye-care failings

One in five companies do not have, or do not know if they have, an eye-care policy for staff. This is one of the main findings from a survey of more than 100 human resources professionals and heads of companies.

Conducted by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, the research also finds that 9 per cent admit they are not familiar with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (amended in 2002). These regulations require employers to provide all employees who use visual display units (VDUs) with eye tests, when requested, and glasses, if required.

Nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of companies who offer eye-care state that they do so to be a responsible employer, and not simply to comply with the law. In addition, 41 per cent of companies now offer eye-care vouchers to their staff.

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