With recent expenses scandals still at the forefront of many people’s minds, being able to cover mandatory care in the most straightforward and economical manner possible has to be a priority. Health and safety regulations make it obligatory for most of the workforce to be provided with free basic eyecare. Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is specifically recommending the use of voucher schemes as they provide the greatest possible transparency, equality of care for staff and cost-effectiveness.
The 1992 Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (amended in 2002) require employers to provide all employees who use visual display units (VDUs) with eye tests, when requested, and spectacles, if required. With computers and screens of all kinds infiltrating so much of the workplace, the vast majority of workers will be covered under the regulations; potentially a huge administrative and financial burden.
There are many ways for organisations to meet the requirements but Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has found that voucher schemes provide the most clear and unambiguous solution. VDU vouchers can be purchased to completely cover the regulations in one transaction. Each VDU voucher gives every employee exactly the same care – a full eye examination on request and spectacles if required for VDU use. The employer is covering the requirements and ensuring the safety of the eyesight of their staff but costs are kept to an absolute and transparent minimum. VDU vouchers can be purchased from as little as £17, which covers both the eye examination and the provision of spectacles, if required for VDU use. This could result in huge savings bearing in mind that organisations typically spend between £50 and £80 per employee on VDU eyecare, and some as much as £200: huge overspending when it can be as little as £17.
Jim Lythgow, Director of Strategic Alliances for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare says, “With all compnaies currently being as diligent as possible regarding purchasing decisions, VDU vouchers provide not only the most transparent solution but also a hugely cost-effective one.”