An employee who can be described as an “older worker” has complained about the lighting in the office, stating that it is reducing his work capabilities, and has requested that we assess this and make the necessary adjustments. Are we obliged to do this?

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An employee who can be described as an “older worker” has complained about the lighting in the office, stating that it is reducing his work capabilities, and has requested that we assess this and make the necessary adjustments. Are we obliged to do this?

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Medical evidence indicates that as people age, they tend to show reduced visual field size, increased absolute threshold luminance, reduced visual acuity and poorer colour discrimination.

The impact of this is various types of visual problems, including difficulty seeing in dim light, reading small print, distinguishing dark colours, reading moving information and visually searching.

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