Eye care - work, health and safety


Recommendation statement

Grade of recommendation


Occupational health and safety principles must be followed including:

  • use of personal protective equipment, and
  • ergonomic use of equipment, such as appropriate bed height for staff when treating patients.


Prevention of work injury is an important aspect of any clinical practice guideline.  Users are directed to the following policy directives covering work health and safety. Local policy must also be consulted.

NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011

The NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 states that organisations must eliminate the health and safety risks to workers where at all possible. When it is not possible to eliminate risks, the risk must be minimised as far as reasonably practicable. Organisations must provide appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for use by staff. Staff have a responsibility to use that PPE according to policy.

The worker has an obligation under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to:

  1. take all reasonable care for their own safety
  2. take care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons
  3. comply with any reasonable instruction that they are given.

Grading of recommendations

Grade of recommendation Description


Body of evidence can be trusted to guide evidence


Body of evidence can be trusted to guide practice in most situations


Body of evidence provides some support for recommendation/s but care should be taken in its application


Body of evidence is weak and recommendation must be applied with caution


Consensus was set as a median of ≥ 7

Grades A–D are based on NHMRC grades (1)


  1. Hillier S, Grimmer-Somers K, Merlin T, Middleton P, Salisbury J, Tooher R, et al. FORM: an Australian method for formulating and grading recommendations in evidence-based clinical guidelines. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2011;11:23. PubMed PMID: 21356039.


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