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Workplace Assessment for Employees with Visual Impairment

Every 6 minutes, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight – visual impairment is indiscriminate and can happen to anyone. Some of your valued employees could be struggling with sight loss without you knowing.  A specialist Workplace Assessment will identify their challenges and how best to overcome them.

Spotting the Signs

Here are just a few of the most recognisable signs:

  • Becoming clumsy and struggling to get around the office, shop floor or workplace
  • Difficulty in recognising colleagues
  • Finding computer screens, print and handwritten documents difficult to read
  • Eye fatigue or pain and discomfort with bright lights
  • Experiencing migraines, headaches and overall tiredness
  • Difficulties in dark or dim environments and with judging depth

This video explains why commissioning a Workplace Assessment is so important…

Our Holistic virtual or face to face Workplace Assessment will identify:

  • Issues an employee is facing as a result of their visual impairment
  • Specialist aids, resources and equipment needed to carry out duties effectively
  • Training needs relating to the recommended equipment
  • Impact of environmental factors such as lighting, signage and office layout
  • Reasonable adjustments including flexible working, additional breaks and administration of medication
  • Factors affecting the employee’s mobility to, from and within work
  • Configuration and scripting of assistive technology software
  • Beneficial services such as a functional low-vision assessment,  referrals to social services or sight loss charities
  • Requirements for a human support worker where all other adjustments have been considered
  • Rehabilitation or work-related training needs
  • Useful provisions such as visual impairment awareness training for colleagues
  • Support that may be required at home which may impact on working performance
  • Emotional support and coping strategies the employee may benefit from

Graphic of woman using assistive technology at work to improve accessibility following a workplace assessment

Why and when should I commission a Workplace Assessment?

As a responsible employer, you’ll want to ensure that all your staff feel supported, valued and have opportunities to maximise their productivity.  You’ll also want to comply with your duty to make reasonable adjustments under The Equality Act 2010.

The majority of people with a visual impairment work around their issues and are not aware of the resources and workplace adjustments available to them. Therefore, we recommend commissioning assessments before new employees start in their roles. Current employees who acquire eye conditions through illness, infection, injury or for hereditary reasons and those with existing eye conditions should also be assessed.

Employee with visual impairment in a meeting using assistive technology to read a document

Workplace Adjustment Procedure

A referral form is sent to the employer or occupational health provider to ascertain the employee’s contact details, duties and reason for referral. On receipt of the completed referral form, a Workplace Assessment will be arranged with the employee who is experiencing difficulties with their vision as follows:

  • Our consultant will be assigned the referral.
  • An assessment appointment will be arranged within three working days of initial receipt of referral.
  • Upon agreeing a convenient date with the employee, the consultant will attend the employee’s place of work to establish the difficulties they are facing.
  • The consultant will assess the duties the employee carries out and recommendations will be discussed to enable them to carry out their job more effectively.
  • Upon completion of the assessment, the report will be submitted within 14 days to the employer and/or occupational health provider
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Testimonial

“I have advanced proliferative diabetic retinopathy in both eyes and was referred to Visualise Training and Consultancy for a visual impairment Workplace Assessment. I found the whole process very helpful. Dan had already familiarised himself with my condition, was incredibly knowledgeable about the benefits, support and services available to me and was refreshingly open about sharing his personal experience of dealing with his own visual impairment journey. He made a number of recommendations about how my employer could help me and he followed up on each of these very promptly.”

Company Director

Man at workstation with large display screen showing large menu icons. He's smiling as his workplace assessment has improved his working life!

“I was really anxious about having a Workplace Assessment but you put me at ease and your consultant was very knowledgeable. Thank you for the adjustments you have recommended, they are making my working life so much easier!”

Costs and Booking Information

The cost of a workplace assessment and recommended actions report is £795 plus expenses.  VAT is not applicable

For more information, advice or to book a virtual or face to face Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment, please email Daniel Williams at daniel@visualisetrainingandconsultancy.co.uk or call on 07472305268.

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