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Ergonomic Workstation Assessments

Sitting in front of a computer terminal may lead to discomfort around the shoulder blades, the neck and or down the arms.

Providing a safe workplace environment is a legal requirement for employers.

The Display Screen Equipment (D.S.E.) Regulations (1992), state that every employer shall perform a suitable and efficient analysis of workstations to assess risks to which those persons using them are exposed.


What is an Ergonomic Workstation Assessment?

It is an assessment of the area that your employee works in and the tasks that they carry out, according to their personal abilities.

The aim of the assessment is to identify and evaluate any risk factors which may be causing current or future potential health problems, or may be reducing work performance.

Risk factors may be related to:

Key benefits of a Work Station Assessment

There are a number of reasons why routine appraisal has significant pay offs for Businesses:

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When it comes to workstation assessments one size doesn't fit all.

Some employees may require a standard assessment which is appropriate for simple musculoskeletal problems or they may need a more comprehensive ergonomic workstation assessment if they are suffering from a physical work-related problem, returning to work after a prolonged period of sickness absence or disability.


Standard workstation assessments

This is the most widely-used workstation assessment, these assessments are appropriate for employees with simple musculoskeletal problems. Often, the employer has their own in-house risk management programme but requires additional support when tackling employees with musculoskeletal complaints.

This assessment includes brief subjective investigation of the musculoskeletal problem, task analysis, assessment of working techniques and postures, assessment of compliance with relevant health and safety legislation and relevant anthropometric (physical statures) measurement. A written report is provided to the employer outlining the findings of the assessment, any changes made and recommendations to address the risk identified.

Consent is obtained from the individual immediately prior to the assessment. These assessments are ideal for home workers and can be combined with a vehicle assessment for occupational drivers.

Complex workstation assessment

These assessments include in-depth subjective investigation of musculoskeletal problems, task analysis, assessment of working techniques and postures, assessment of compliance with relevant health and safety legislation and anthropometric measurement.

A full written report is provided to the employer outlining the findings of the assessment, any changes made, information given and recommendations to address the risk identified. When recommending equipment we either recommend three suppliers for each piece of specified equipment to ensure impartiality or source from our clients' preferred suppliers. Consent is obtained from the individual immediately prior to the assessment.


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