Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, which came into force on 1st November 2007, Employers are obliged to carryout Visual Display Units (VDU) risk assessment on all work stations where an employee uses a computer for one or more continuous hours per day or where the use of a computer forms a significant part of their work.
These VDU / DSE assessments must be carried out to ensure that workstations reach minimum health & safety requirements as set out in the legislation & should be:
- Specific to each employee
- Carried out in the home if the employee works from home
What does the VDU assessment look at?
A VDU assessment looks at three key areas; the employee, the workstation and the work environment:
- It is essential that the job fits the employee i.e. the employee can comfortably carry out the task.
- It is essential to assess the equipment used i.e. display screen, keyboard, desk and the chair.
- It is essential to review space requirements, lighting, reflections, glare, noise, heat and in some circumstances radiation.
Benefits of a VDU Assessment
Reduces the risks of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Upper Limb Disorder (UPLD) or eye strain
- The employer is legally compliant & therefore reduced risk of legal action
- Conditions such as neck, shoulder, wrist, hand & eye conditions can be prevented or detected early to avoid them becoming chronic.
- Workers will be more informed & can take action to be more comfortable & more productive.
Why choose us to do your VDU assessment?
- We have the experience (Have done thousands of them!!)
- We are Physiotherapists so you get the benefit of our knowledge of preventing, diagnosing & treating injuries
- We like people and are friendly & approachable
Please contact us for more information or to arrange for us to come to assess your workstations