UK health and safety legislation makes it clear both the employer and employee have a shared responsibility to protect everyone in the workplace from accidents and injuries.
A sensible approach to risk assessment is required. Risk assessment is the process and documentation by which:
- Risks are carefully assessed in the workplace
- Measures to reduce risks are identified
- Actions to reduce risks are documented and implemented
- This cycle of continual improvement is maintained
The principles of the risk assessment process apply in all work places, from a simple low risk environment such as an office to a high risk environment such as in a factory using sophisticated heavy machinery.
Someone with visually impairment may represent a risk or be exposed to unsuitable risks in certain jobs, and should these risk factors be identified then changes will need to be made. It is not acceptable however to claim health and safety concerns as a way of removing someone from their post or position. Any reasonable adjustments that can be made should be undertaken.
The best source of information for you as a UK employer is the Health & Safety Executive website.