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Employers ‘blind’ to new eye test legislation

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More than 75% of employers are unaware that new legislation requires those employing drivers to conduct more frequent eye tests, new research has revealed.

Specsavers opticians claims that almost 30% of workers that drive for a living have substandard vision and that employers are still unaware of new legislation set to be enforced next year.

The new law, passed by the EU Parliament and aimed at reducing road accidents, will require commercial licence holders to have eye tests every five years, whilst holders of private licences will need check-ups every 10 to 15 years.

Laura Butler, Corporate Account Manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “It is astounding that more than three-quarters of companies have not even heard of this new legislation. For everyone’s safety this should be a priority now, regardless of the date when the actual legislation will come into force.”

EU member states have until 2013 to implement the directive into national law.

Employers already offer subsidised eye tests as a voluntary benefit to their work force. And employees that work with computer screens or visual display units (VDUs) can legally ask for a free eye test and a contribution towards the cost of glasses.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations have been in force since 1992 (amended in 2002) and require employers to provide all employees who use VDUs with eye tests, when requested, and glasses, if required.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

January 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

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