Why do you need a workstation assessment?
Do you have staff who have complained or reported niggling aches and pains when they spend time at their computer workstation? Have you experienced discomfort relating to your eyes, headaches, back, shoulders, arms or hands? Or are you reviewing the best way to complete workstation health and safety assessments? If so, we will be able to help you with minimal time, effort and cost.
Nearly every workplace now has computer workstations and computer equipment, and increasingly organisations are opting to adopt policies which enable staff to “bring their own device”, enable agile working and hot desking. So how can the standard approach to workstation assessment address these increasingly varied ways of working and the different risks they bring?
At PHSC we understand that the “one size fits all” approach to workstation assessment, often using the equipment that needs to be assessed, to do the assessment. This is why we offer a personalised service which will identify the most effective way to address compliance issues and also ensure you staff are able to work in comfort, safely and effectively.
Why use PHSC?
Simple. Because we are the experts!
When the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 were initially introduced, we wrote Croner’s Display Screen Equipment which interpreted what employers had to do; it became influential in the way that enforcement officers interpreted legal compliance, and civil lawyers defended compensation claims. We also act on our clients’ behalf as Expert Witness on this topic.
Our consultants are highly experienced and have carried out more than 20,000 individual workstation assessments between them, so we doubt that there will be a workplace problem that we haven’t encountered before and can help provide a simple and effective solution.
Examples of workplaces that we have implemented assessments, and assessment systems include:
- Financial Trading offices
- Security Offices and Stations
- Reception counters
- General office
- Hot-desking facilities
- Public areas where staff and visitors can use workstation equipment
- IT Departments
- Sales offices
- Accounts departments where high levels of data input are required
- Schools, including IT classrooms where pupils use equipment and learn computer skills.
Our services are designed to meet your unique needs
Our individual ergonomic assessments include the following:
- Consideration (and measurement if appropriate) of environmental characteristics (noise, lighting, temperature, humidity, space).
- An assessment of furniture, including chair, desk, footrest and any other working surfaces.
- Computer equipment including screen, CPU, printer, keyboard, mouse, and any other associated equipment in use.
During the course of the assessment the user will be interviewed to ascertain any existing problems or concerns. Training will be given in the method of adjustment of equipment and furniture in use.
We ensure that users are aware of the internal reporting procedures, should DSE-related problems arise. Your policy on eyesight testing will be explained to anyone who is unaware of this. The broad requirements of the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2002 will be covered.
Your general duty as an employer to give advice, information and training in the use of workstation equipment will be largely satisfied by these procedures.
At completion, an individual report sheet will be submitted to management relating to each workstation user. This will contain details of any remedial actions necessary in order to ensure that the workstation would comply with the Schedule to the Regulations. Where problems have been identified by the user, the assessor will attempt to recommend suitable remedial actions.
Contact us now to book your assessments or to find out more.