In many workplaces, having Display Screen Equipment (DSE) like laptops, PCs and tablets is a must. Also referred to as Video Display Units (VDUs), they are essential for employees to do their task properly and quickly. But these devices also pose some health hazards for employees who use them frequently.
Incorrect use of DSE has been linked to several health concerns which can be categorised into three: physical or musculoskeletal injury, visual fatigue and mental stress.
Prolonged exposure to these devices is one of the top causes of eye strain and back pain. Habitual users of VDUs are also at a higher risk of developing repetitive strain injuries (RSI) such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
As an employer, it is your legal obligation to protect your employees from health issues arising from the use of DSE.
Under the Display Screen Equipment Regulation 2007 (DSE Regs), you need to ensure that workstations are appropriately set up to reduce the risk of injuries, health problems and accidents.
To comply with the DSE Regs, you need to carry out DSE assessments of workstations and work environments. The evaluation identifies hazards associated with the use of DSE and measures that can be implemented to mitigate the risk of injury or illness.
B-Safe Group have a team of DSE assessors who possess the competencies needed to perform ergonomic assessments of workstations.
We guarantee a comprehensive evaluation not just of the workstation but also the surrounding workspaces. We assess the lighting, temperature, noise and humidity levels, amongst others. We also look at the tasks being done and other special requirements the worker may have particularly those who have a disability.
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