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SASOM Guidelines

The South African Society of Occupational Medicine (SASOM) is a professional society, registered as a special interest group in South Africa since 1948. It is affiliated with the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH). SASOM provides guidance to members on all aspects of occupational health in South Africa and is the guardian for ethical and medical standards of occupational medicine. In occupational health clinics most staff including vision screeners / technicians work under the guidance and management of an occupational medicine practitioner (OMP). With this in mind SASOM has developed a set of widely used guidelines to assist members in occupational health practice. Two guidelines have been used in the development of this manual which are applicable to vision and vision screening:

Vision testing in Occupational Health SASOM Guideline 2623
Medical Requirements for Fitness to Drive SASOM Guideline 6 24

SASOM Driver Categories

In terms of the SASOM Guideline 624: Medical Requirements for Fitness to Drive, SASOM recognises 3 main categories:

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The SASOM guideline states “enormous variances make it difficult to place minimum standards on this group. For some, the mix of circumstances demand minimum standards to be equal to the most stringent, whilst for others they would be far more tolerant. Consequently, the minimum standards are to be considered on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the mix of circumstances. As a guideline, the medical adjudicator should consider the category 1 standards as a minimum, although in MOST circumstances, the standards for category 2 would apply24”.

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