|Title:||Public Sector Policy Statement Ė Prescription Safety Glasses|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0144/13|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 1 May 2013|
|Description:||Policy Statement regarding the employerís obligations to provide prescription safety glasses where it is not possible to eliminate or control eye hazards and employees require optical aids|
|Period of effect:||from 9 February 2010|
|Authorised by:||Neil Fergus, A/Director, Health Industrial Relations Service, 07-Apr-2013|
|Print version:||View print version|
Public Sector Policy Statement Ė Prescription Safety Glasses
This Information Circular provides notification of Circular to Department and Authorities No. 3 of 2010 – Labour Relations Policy Statement – Prescription Safety Glasses, issued by the Department of Commerce.
The policy, reproduced below, applies where an employee, who is required to wear prescription optical aids, must wear protective eye equipment to eliminate or control eye hazards in the undertaking of their duties.
Prescription safety glasses are provided where it is not possible to eliminate or control eye hazards and employees require optical aids.
In accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, employers must aim to provide, as far as is practicable, a work environment in which employees are not exposed to hazards.
Where it is not possible to avoid hazards, then appropriate protective equipment must be provided.
Eye protection is compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.
Agencies have responsibility for the full cost of appropriate prescription safety glasses for all employees, up to a reasonable maximum. When circumstances require, permanent, fixed term contract and casual employees are to be provided with personal protective equipment which complies with the appropriate standards and legislative requirements.
Where prescription safety glasses are required, agencies are to develop operational policies which:
Where a new version of AS/NZS 1336 or AS/NZS 1337.6 is published, eye protection must comply with the latest version.
Where a new version of AS/NZS 1337 is published, eye protection must be compliant with the version specified in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.
Agency policies will also take into consideration associated factors, including:
This policy is to be read in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
Any queries regarding this circular can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 at 12:31pm