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VDU Assessment

Objective

To carry out an Ergonomic Assessment of employee workstations to help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries. Assessment involves:

(a)  A work chair and work desk or work surface,

(b)  Any optional accessories and peripherals, and

(c)  The immediate work environment of the display screen equipment.

Reasons for VDU Assessment

  • If the employee has no choice but to use the VDU to carry out her/his work
  • If the employee normally uses the VDU for continuous periods of more than one hour
  • If the VDU is generally used by the employee on a daily basis

As an employer there are a number of duties set down, the key requirements are to:

  • Carry out an analysis or risk assessment of employee workstations
  • Provide information to employees in relation to measures which have been implemented
  • Provide training to employees in the use of workstations before commencing work with display screen equipment and whenever the organisation of the workstation is modified
  • Perform a further analysis or risk assessment where an employee transfers to a new workstation or significant new work equipment, change of equipment or new technology is introduced an an individuals workstation
  • Ensure that the provision of an appropriate eye and eyesight test is made available to every employee
  • Short frequent rest breaks are more satisfactory than longer breaks taken occasionally.
  • Rest breaks should be taken away from the VDU. Other duties may be assigned during this period, provided they are not too intensive