EYE TESTING FOR VDU USERS
We have been firming up our policy in the
last few months on the above. There have been some new guidelines from the
Health & Safety Executive and the following is our current policy.
A member of staff who is liable to work
every day in excess of 1 hour constantly at a VDU is regarded as a USER
Whilst others may work at a VDU for a total of over an hour per day in aggregate, they are not considered as users under the regulations.
All the research carried out on this
subject to date has shown that the use of a Computer Screen (Visual Display
Unit - VDU) cannot actually cause a visual defect, it may well identify a
previously existing and a latent one. Holding the eye at any focal distance for
a prolonged period (the normal VDU working distance is 35 cm) without
relaxation of muscles, will ultimately result in visual fatigue.
We have a duty to provide for the safety of
Users when they are using the VDU. In that regard we will be providing free eye
tests for those designated as users. Where glasses are prescribed specifically
for work with a VDU ( i.e. if the person was not a VDU user, there would be no
need for the particular lenses prescribed), we will pay for these. We will,
however, only be liable for the basic cost of suitable corrective lenses and
standard frames. An employee who wishes to purchase more up-market glasses,
e.g. with designer frames or tinted lenses, will have to fund any extra amount
Once we have put this policy in place we
will be carrying out VDU Assessments of all workstations concerned.
We are approaching several optometrists in
........ and .........., to arrange a contract to provide eye tests for the
Could you please consider if you have any staff who may be classed as a 'user' and let me know by Friday .............. 199.....
The purpose of this guide is to highlight
safe working practices for the use of DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT (VDU - Visual
Display Unit) - IT MUST NOT BE TREATED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR TRAINING
All users - employees who habitually use
display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work - are
required to carry out particular tasks to ensure their continued health &
As it is recognised that the use of VDU can
cause Postural problems, Visual problems and Fatigue and stress it is essential
that the user follows a safe working practice.
AT THE END OF THE DAY
REFERENCE HSE Free Leaflet INDG 36