Keeping Rail Workers with Visual or Hearing Impairments in a Job

Rail workers need to react to hazards quickly. If their vision and hearing does not meet the required standards they may have to leave their job. Is it in anyone’s interests that railways lose experienced staff?

​We identified the importance of considering not just the static visual acuity of drivers but also the dynamic visual acuity, and how this could impact signal sighting.  We also took a fresh look at the long-held assumption that normal colour vision is necessary to work safely in the industry and what tests are appropriate.

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