Sign saying "Place of work" with social distancing reminder

As lockdown eases, employers must consider how to provide a safe environment for employees with sight loss. 

We've put some information together to help you to support your employees who are blind or partially sighted to work from home, make your workplace safer, and what to consider when carrying out risk assessments.

Making the workplace safer for employees with sight loss

There are practical actions for businesses to take on making the workplace safer for your blind and partially sighted employees. Read about the simple steps you need to consider and the legislation you should be aware of as an employer.

Risk assessment guidance for employers

Risk assessments should continue to take coronavirus into consideration. If you have employees with sight loss there are some particular areas you should consider as part of your risk assessment.

Working from home safely

As lockdown eases, many employees will continue to work from home. When you are remotely managing blind or partially sighted employees, there are some areas you should consider. Read our guidance on managing health and safety, equipment, one-to-ones and team meetings.

Making remote interviews accessible

Many employers are continuing to conduct job interviews online or by telephone. This short guide to accessible remote interviews looks at some simple ways of ensuring that your video or phone based recruitment is as accessible as possible for candidates with sight loss.

Making video calls inclusive

Video calling has quickly become a daily routine for business communication. This short guide looks at some simple ways of ensuring that your video call is as inclusive as possible of blind or partially sighted people.

Further information

Sunderland City Council have produced a series of short YouTube videos for employers to help businesses reopen safely as lockdown eases. Although not sight loss specific, the videos do cover a range of topics including keeping staff safe, social distancing, risk assessments and face coverings etc.