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Are prescription safety glasses compulsory?

by , 22 October 2013
Statistics by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) show that about 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. If you're an employer, chances are some of your employees wear prescription glasses. Read on to find out if you're legally required to supply employees who wear spectacles with prescription safety glasses so you won't overlook your duties.

You have to give your employees Personal Protective Equipment so they can protect themselves against eye injuries.

But what about employees who wear spectacles? Are you required to give them prescription safety glasses?

Here's what you need to know about prescription safety glasses

According to the Health & Safety Advisor, legislation doesn't indicate prescription spectacles specifically, but it requires that you manage health and safety risks in your company.

So, if you have an employee who needs to wear safety glasses, but also needs to wear prescription glasses and it isn't suitable to wear safety glasses over the prescription glasses, you need to supply him with prescription safety glasses.

These glasses will be a PPE issue and your company will have to carry the cost.

Your company can't expect the employee to have hardened lenses in prescription glasses and to carry the cost.

Your company has to pay for the glasses, or at least pay the value of basic glasses and your employee can make additions as he wishes, (choose a particular frame ) and pay the difference from his own pocket.

The bottom line: You must supply employees who wear spectacles with prescription safety glasses.

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