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Posted by: lolli | 2009-01-27

DEUTERANOPIA

Hello there.
My fiance, Mike is a spraypainter. However, lately there has been problems with the colours that he mixes for spraying. His employer called him in and informed him that he cannot pay him the salary he currently earns for the mistakes that he is making. (mixing colours incorrectly) He is prepared to keep him on but will have to reduce his salary. An eye test was done and it was determined he has strong deuteranopia and was advised that he work in a department where he doesnt use his colour vision permenantly. Mike is qualified and has been spraying for more than 20 years. Is there threatment available for this condition, ie lenses, and if there is, should his employer give him an option to improve the condition or does he have a right to fire him, or reduce his salary even so.
Thank you

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This is always a complex one. Has he always mixed, and if so,was there any problems? If not before why now - needs to be answered. An Occupational Medicine expert should be consulte to coordinate the whole assessment and give an opinion. The employer must follow correct labour law guidelines - a comprehensive assessment by medical experts, alternative placement and training if required, further assessment etc. Is complex - call in an expert, a solution could be found. He cannot just be fired.

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