Nearly a third of employers have no eyecare policy in place for their employees, meaning many are failing to comply with Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations.
Around 75% of employers say the majority of their employees use display screen equipment on a regular basis, and all ‘screen users’ should be provided eyecare under the regulations.
According to Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, just a quarter of employers (25%) said they fully understood the DSE regulations. Nearly half (48%) said they understood the basics but not the fine detail, 17% said they understood very little, or didn’t really understand them at all, and 9% were not even aware of the regulations.
Specsavers Corporate Eyecare director of strategic alliances Jim Lythgow said: “The DSE regulations have been in place since 1992. They state that all regular users of display screens must be provided with company-funded eye tests and glasses, if required solely for DSE use. Yet, 24 years later, there are still many employers not providing the appropriate eyecare.”
To assist employers in understanding the DSE regulations, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has produced a free downloadable guide available at: www.specsavers.co.uk/corporate/employers