Current legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Equality Act 2010 state that the employer has a responsibility to make the workplace safe for their employees and to make reasonable adjustments.
Apart from legal duty, working practices that risk causing injury or prevent recovery in an injured worker affect productivity of an overall workforce.
A DSE Assessment (Display Screen Equipment) is usually required, as this is a checklist/risk assessment of all aspects of the office workstation.
There are various checklists available but it is necessary to ensure that the checklist covers all aspects of the workstation and environment.
The term ‘Ergonomic’ is about matching the job to the worker and the product to the user, so this indicates that the positioning of each individual at their workstation has been checked, therefore furniture has to be adjusted differently for each individuals needs and dimensions.
Healthywork Ltd have developed a detailed Risk Assessment Check List so that it includes all of the basic information usually included on a checklist (under the DSE Regulations 2002 from HSE) and also additional best practice advice which is about additional advice about adjusting each workstation for the individual user., to educate the user more clearly and thus further reduce the risk of injury or discomfort.
We demonstrate all of the adjustments available on the individual’s particular office chair, give tips on prevention and educate them so that they can set themselves up suitably in the future.
If an individual has medical needs, more than a Risk Assessment is usually required. In this instance an Ergonomic Assessment is required, as this is a longer assessment, with time to review the medical situation, make individual adjustments and more detailed solutions are often required.
See Ergonomic Assessment.