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As an employer, should I reimburse for sunglasses?

Daan de Groot


The law requires employers to ensure that sunlight does not endanger the health and safety of their employees. Sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription) offer good protection. But what rules are associated with compensation for sunglasses?

Should the employer provide sunglasses (prescription)?

Should the mandatory RI&E reveal that sunlight during work poses a risk to health and safety, for example because there is a risk of damage to the eyes as a result of exposure to sunlight, the employer is required to provide sunglasses (prescription).

Are sunglasses an ARBO requirement?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to ensure that work activities do not endanger the safety and health of their employees. They must therefore make sunglasses available to their employees when necessary.

Source: Working Conditions Decree Article 5.11. Measures relating to the protection of workers' eyes and eyesight

Are sunglasses tax deductible?

Yes you can, but under certain conditions. This is because a health and safety provision always falls under the work-related expenses scheme (WKR) and is subject to the targeted exemption. Health and safety provisions are therefore subject to a targeted exemption that is not at the expense of your headroom under the work-related costs scheme. The health and safety provision must meet the following conditions. Click here to read all the conditions.

It is always advisable to discuss the sunglasses compensation with the tax authorities or contact your tax advisor to find out in your specific situation whether the sunglasses may be reimbursed untaxed and whether the sunglasses compensation is deductible for your employer.

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