44% of employers concerned employees may not see adequately to drive
That’s the finding of research carried out by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, which also reveals that more than half (53%) of employers say they never test the eyesight of employees who drive.
Yet, 85% of employers asked said they had had their own eyesight tested within the last two years (the typical interval advised by optometrists).
Commenting on the research, which took place among over 120 heads of companies with a remit including driver management, health and safety or HR, Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: ‘It is revealing that so many employers hold concerns over their drivers’ eyesight and, therefore, over their safety. It may be that this is because they do not feel it is their place to intervene in what they may view as a personal matter – but this is simply not the case. Health and safety law applies to all work activities and clearly states that this includes driving for work purposes.’
She added: ‘We believe there is a job to be done in informing employers of their responsibilities, and employees of their rights. Poor eyesight is a major concern for road safety but providing employers with the tools to raise awareness of the importance of eyecare in the workplace we view as a positive move.’