I have had a couple of long days sat at my computer and whilst I love these, my eyes certainly don’t! I don’t know if it is my age, but I really think that my eyes are more sensitive now to long periods of time staring at a screen. If you think about most people’s lifestyles these days, we work on laptops and/or computers, we constantly check our phones and iPads and then crash out in front of the TV in the evenings – no wonder our eyes are screaming out at us to take a break!
This got me thinking about what I should be doing as an employer to ensure that my team are looking after their eyes whilst they are working at Cambridge Payroll. I knew that there were rules and regulations that I should be following and also I remembered something about offering and paying for eye tests but I needed to so some more research….
So this is what I have found out and I hope that it will also be helpful to you.
- The Health & Safety Executive website is a great place to start http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/dse/index.htm
- The Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time.
- As an employer:
- You do not have to report to HMRC or pay tax and national insurance on eye tests for employees if they are required by health and safety legislation. The same applies if you have to provide contact lenses or glasses for an employee for monitor or screen work.
I have added some useful links and worksheets to our resources page so do use these if you are an employer and need some further information and if you need to carry out DSE Workstation Assessments.
As always, I would love to hear your feedback on this. What are your views on the Regulations? Do you think many of your employees would ask for an eye test? Do you agree that you should have to pay for them? If you are an employee, what has your experience of this been?
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