Vision testing in the work place can be a requirement for a number of reasons and it enables employers to comply with relevant health and safety regulations. Vision Assessments are designed to sign post those who are showing some signs of visual impairment during screening programs and we would always refer to an optician for a fully detailed vision check and examination of the health of the eye.
Who should be screened?
- Display Screen Equipment users in accordance with the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended in 2002).
- Van Drivers
- Fork Lift Truck Drivers
- Company Car Drivers
- Close Inspection Workers
- Assembly workers - involving small parts
- Occupations where ‘normal’ colour vision is desirable or essential
Vision assessments take approximately 10 minutes and include:
- Assessment with a Keystone Vision Screener
- An assessment of distance, middle, near, colour vision, eye co-ordination, double vision and night vision as appropriate
- Referral to an optician when appropriate
- Provision of employee fitness to work report and health records
Vision screening cannot diagnose exactly what is wrong with your eyes, but can indicate that you should make an appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a more comprehensive eye examination.
Sources of further information
- Article from Personnel today - Eyesight and vision in the workplace
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) - visual standard for driving
- Colour vision examination - a guide for employers
- Colour vision examination - a guide for occupational health providers
If you have any questions about Vision Screening under the Working Time Directive, or any other occupational health services for your business in Cardiff, Wales or London, don't hesitate to call us on 02920 682028 or Contact us.