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The eyes have it! Staying safe with regular eye tests.
There was some interesting news online via the Bdaily website this week. It stated that research conducted by Specsavers showed that many employers do not offer eye care to their drivers. In a survey of more than 500 heads of UK companies, the majority, 62%, stated they do not provide eye care specifically for employees who drive during their work.
It goes on to say that the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 makes it clear that employers have a responsibility for their drivers. The law requires employers to: ‘take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others who may be affected by their activities when at work. This includes the time when they are driving or riding at work, whether this is in a company or hired vehicle, or in the employee’s own vehicle.’
The employer’s duty of care refers, therefore, to all drivers, whether they are explicitly employed to drive as the main part of their role, or whether they are attending an occasional meeting.
Driving safety is a joint responsibility between employers and employees when a colleague is driving for work purposes.
Read the full press release
28 October 2019