The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 These regulations require employers to carry out an analysis and assessment of the work station.
Work stations must meet certain basic requirements that enable them to be appropriately adjusted and used without unacceptable risks to health and safety.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is sometimes referred to as Visual Display Units (VDU) or Computer Workstations and includes laptops, touch-screens and other similar devices that incorporate a display screen. Only a health and safety competent person must assess all users of this equipment and employers must take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of all people using such equipment.
Any item of computer-related equipment including the computer, display, keyboard, mouse, desk and chair can be considered part of the DSE work station.
A poorly equipped and arranged work station is a major contributing factor in the development of many work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs). Conditions can be both short and long term but in most cases cause a lot of avoidable pain, discomfort and stress. Other associated symptoms include temporary eyestrain and headaches, and fatigue/stress.
The hazards associated with DSE work stations must therefore be properly assessed so that they are adequately equipped and adjustable to suit the user’s needs.
RMT Solutions Ltd can offer the following services:
- Carry out a full and comprehensive assessment of all your workstations within your company
- Assess instances of bad seating and posture, looking at the general environment
- Provide advice and guidance on how to complete a DSE assessment, to allow you to carry out assessments as and when required
- Guidance in complying with current legislations
- Provide recommendations for improving desk lay out and general ergonomic awareness
- Prepare a full detailed report with corrective actions for all workstations
For further information on the services we offer, please contact us on 01744 881 536 or email us.