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