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February 9, 2011

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Businesses warned about non-compliance with eyecare rules

A survey conducted by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has found a majority of employers are failing to comply with eyecare regulations.

The research questioned 270 safety professionals, who represent 420,000 employees across the UK. The results showed that 81 per cent of companies are failing to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, as they are not wholly funding eye examinations and glasses for workers who work with display screen equipment. It was also found that one-fifth of employers surveyed do not offer any financial contribution for eye examinations to staff.

The survey also showed that 32 per cent of health and safety professionals believe their staff remove safety eyewear owing to lack of comfort, or because they are poor-fitting. Specsavers says this figure emphasises the importance of safety eyewear being fitted by experts who can ensure that style, comfort and fit are all suitable for purpose.
Specsavers Corporate Eyecare account manager, Laura Butler, said: “It is essential that companies should not only have an eyecare policy in place but also that they ensure that staff are aware of their entitlement. This is actually a stipulation under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations and is vital in ensuring the proper care of staff and the careful management of related budgets. We encourage all companies to invest a little time into exploring the options for eyecare benefits. The rewards will be seen by employees and employers alike.”

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