03 Dec VDU Screening Ireland
In the past, there was some ambiguity over which employees were eligible for VDU (Visual Display Unit) screening eye test as described in the EU directive 90/270 .
This Directive lays down minimum safety and health requirements for working with display screen equipment. The exact number of hours required to qualify was not detailed but simply “where an employee uses a VDU for a significant portion of their working day”.
In today’s world, that is almost the full working day, for every employee irrespective of their industry. The onus falls to the employer to offer this service every 2 years.
Employers may opt for a full eye examination for their employees while other choose to meet their obligations.
Our onsite examination covers, in detail, the employees ability to perform at a near task i.e. using a VDU for extended periods. The following report highlights what we cover during each VDU screening.
Below is a flow chart to detail the process we offer either on site, where numbers permit or within one of our nearby clinics. We issue each employee a report after these VDU screening. We offer e Vouchers to meet the standard to those that fail from €49 which includes a modern frame and their corrective lenses.
Employers are required to evaluate the health and safety at workstations of their employees, paying particular attention to eye sight.
All employees, who spend a significant amount of their day operating a VDU or other graphic screen display, are entitled to regular eye and eye sight tests carried out by a competent optometrist or doctor. This entitlement should be made known to the employee by the employer. It should be offered before starting work using a VDU, at regular intervals afterwards, and should the employee have any visual difficulties that may be computer related.
An eyesight test is interpreted as a person’s ability to see, while an eye test is an examination of the health of the eye. The employee is entitled to and must be offered both, they may opt to just have an eyesight ‘screening’.
Should the results of the tests reveal that the employee requires glasses solely and exclusively for VDU use, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide minimum requirement frames and lenses to the employee. If the employee already wears glasses to correct vision, and a routine change of lenses is required, this is not the responsibility of the employer.
Feel free to contact us if you need any further details or require VDU screening. 01 808 9013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org