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This section contains information to help you support your blind and partially sighted employees and make your workplace as accessible as possible for people with sight loss.

It covers health and safety, getting around, meeting training needs and accessibility at work. 

Health and safety

Carrying out a risk assessment of the workplace or an activity for blind or partially sighted people doesn't have to be difficult, but it can sometimes be a daunting prospect. If you haven't worked with blind people before, it can be very easy to over-estimate risks or make assumptions about what blind people can or can't do.

We have produced guidance which highlights some of the things we're often asked about and suggests ways to manage risk and reach informed decisions.

Click to read our risk assessment guidance

 

Getting around and guiding a blind person

Many blind and partially sighted people have some useful vision. Some people will be able to see fine detail, while others may have very good peripheral vision. If someone has very little or no useful vision they will usually receive mobility training before seeking a job.

The most important thing is to speak to your employee, they are the best person to tell you what support or adjustments they might need.

We can provide you and your colleagues with visual awareness training, which includes information about how to guide a blind person and lots more information about sight loss and some of the common myths and misconceptions. This can often be paid for through the Access to Work scheme.

Find out more about our range of training courses

 

Meeting training needs

If you are running a training course where blind or partially sighted delegates will be in attendance, there are some things you will need to consider.

We have produced some guidance to help you ensure these delegates are not disadvantaged. It covers course materials, note-taking, the training environment, access to refreshments and other facilities, and where to go for further information.

Download our factsheet about making training courses accessible

 

Accessibility

If you want to know how to create accessible documents, forms and presentations, or make events accessible, visit our Ask RNIB Frequently Asked Questions.

If your organisation employs, or is due to take on, someone who is blind or partially sighted, they may need to use access software. We have more information about the features and benefits of access technology.

Find out more about IT and accessibility at work

 

Legal Responsibilities

As an employer you have legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to make your workplace accessible and all its processes as fair and equal as possible. This page give you some introductory guidance to help you understand what your responsibilities are and has information about where to go for more help.

Your legal responsibilities