The volume of VDU/DSE work to be carried out by employees can vary widely between different employments and activities. The work may range from air traffic control to accounting, stock recording and control, or documentation creation and revision.
Workstations must be analysed to evaluate possible risks which may give rise to visual or physical difficulties or to mental stress. This means examining each workstation taking account of the requirements in Schedule 4 to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. A competent person must carry out the ergonomic workstation assessment and document the findings.
Who needs VDU/DSE Assessment?
- Employees who habitually use VDU/DSE as a significant part of their normal work. i.e.
- Employees who work at a desk station continuously for 1 hour or more per day
- Employees are entitled to have their workstation assessed in line with the requirements of Section 72 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
- They must also have periodic breaks or changes of routine, away from VDU/DSE
- They must be informed by their employer that they are entitled to an appropriate eye and eyesight test (or may opt for either) before working with VDU/DSE and at regular intervals
- If at any time working with VDU/DSE an employee experiences visual difficulty, he or she has a similar entitlement.
- Employees must be trained in the use of the workstation and be given information about ergonomics and health and safety factors
Why choose LCE Workplace Safety?
Ita Leyden is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Safety Professional with more than 30 years, experience in safety and is one of the first in Ireland to qualify with a M.Sc. in Ergonomics, Health, Safety and Hygiene, graduating in 1991. Ita has also been an Expert Witness since 2002. In addition, Ita has brought together a team of highly regarded safety professional who are competent in the area of Workplace Ergonomics and assessments.