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Question 842 March 2015

Guidance on glasses for DSE work

Could members help with the interpretation of the DSE guidance on glasses for DSE work please?
HSE publication INDG36 states ĎIf the test shows that the user needs glasses specifically for DSE work, you must pay for a basic pair of frames and lenses. You only need to provide glasses for the DSE work. If usersí normal glasses are suitable for DSE work, you donít need to pay for them. You donít have to pay for expensive frames or lensesí.
Our company policy is to pay £50 towards the cost. I have recently had a request from an employee for the company to bear the whole cost. He has other problems with his eyes and needs a special type of lens and has been quoted £400 for his glasses. Obviously this would be out of policy and I donít want to set a precedent here but also want to ensure Iím interpreting the guidance correctly. Does anyone have experience of a similar situation and if so did you pay the whole amount?


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