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Workplace Assessments for Employees with Visual Impairment

What our virtual or face to face Visual Impairment Workplace Assessments offer

Our assessment will identify:

  • Issues an employee is facing as a result of their visual impairment and potential solutions
  • Specialist aids, resources and equipment an employee requires to carry out their range of duties effectively
  • Training needs relating to the recommended equipment
  • Environmental factors in the workplace that impact on the employee such as lighting, signage and office layout
  • Non-physical reasonable adjustments including flexible working, additional breaks and the administration of medication
  • Factors affecting the employee’s mobility to, from and within work
  • Additional services that are necessary for the adjustments to be effective such as configuration and scripting of assistive technology software
  • Other services that may be beneficial such as a functional low-vision assessment,  referrals to social services or sight loss charities
  • Any requirement for a human support worker, where all other adjustments have been considered
  • Adjustments to working practices to meet the employee’s needs, where all other adjustments have been considered
  • Rehabilitation or work-related training needs
  • Other provisions that may be useful such as visual impairment awareness training for colleagues
  • Support that the employee may require at home which may impact on their working performance
  • Emotional support and coping strategies the employee may benefit from

Our specialist assessor will produce a detailed employee-centred report which identifies the work related challenges they are facing, together with appropriate solutions

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!”

Sight loss is indiscriminate and can happen to anyone at any stage in their life. Every 6 minutes, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight, so the chances are some of your valued employees could be struggling with sight loss without you knowing so commissioning a workplace assessment can really help.

This is a common situation as most employees are unaware of the practical and specialist solutions that are available to them. They struggle on and do their best to conceal the fact that they can’t see as well as they used to which often leads to anxiety, sickness absence, frustration and reduced performance.

Here are just a few of  some of the most recognisable signs:

  • Becoming clumsy and struggling to get around the office, shop floor or workplace environment
  • 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

The solution is to carry out a specialist workplace assessment to identify the challenges your employee is facing and how best to overcome them.

Employee using text to speech software using headphones and magnified text
Employee with visual impairment in a meeting using assistive technology to read a document

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.

This video explains why commissioning a workplace assessment is so important…

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 adjustments 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
Magnification software which blows up text from a book and displays in an accessible format on a screen

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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