In these days of increased corporate social responsibility and litigation, there is increased pressure on employers to ensure that their employee’s safety is well looked after. One of the most precious things anyone has is their eye sight. The employer must carry out all the prudent measures required to ensure that the health of their employee’s vision is maintained. Many employers provide complete sight examinations or extensive eye tests for their employees. They may include discounts to incentivise employees to visit opticians to get their eyes checked by optometrists. In addition, employers might provide discounts for items such as spectacles or contact lenses. In some professions, the liability is on the employer to provide adequate Health & Safety training and equipment such as safety glasses to prevent vision loss in hazardous conditions. However, each employer has a unique approach.
To get you started, you can use the sample VDU policy shown below.
All new staff who work with VDUs are entitled to an Eye Screening Test. Eye Screening tests are then available every 2 years to VDU users.
Should a staff member wish to avail of this service please advise the Health & Safety/Personnel Office before making an appointment with O’Leary Opticians with whom arrangements are in place to provide this test.
The Health & Safety / Personnel Office will pay O’Leary Opticians directly for the Eye Test. If you attend another Optician please pay them directly and claim reimbursement from this office, subject to a maximum fee of €25.
Where glasses are required for VDU use the cost of standard lenses only may be paid by the Health & Safety / Personnel Office and €78 may be paid towards the cost of frames including lenses. All claims must be submitted to the Health & Safety / Personnel Office with the relevant receipts from your Optician. Please include your staff number with all claims.
The Health & Safety office must receive a report from the Optician stating that glasses are required for VDU use before any payment is made.