The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2 outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to Display Screen Equipment. The regulations are applicable;
1 If the employee has no choice but to use the VDU to carry out his/her work.
2 If the employee normally uses the VDU for continuous periods of more than 1hr.
3 If the VDU is generally used by the employee on a daily basis
As an employer there are a number of duties set down in this regulation, the key requirements are to:
1 Carry out an Ergonomic Assessment of employee workstations and inform Employees of results.
2 Provide training to employees in the use of workstations before commencing work with new or modified display screen equipment.
3 Perform a new risk assessment where an employee uses a new workstation.
Who should carry out a risk assessment of an employee’s workstation?
A competent person must carry out the risk assessment of an employee’s workstation i.e. if he or she possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to conducting a risk assessment of a workstation.
1 An assessor can call to your place of work and carry out ergonomic assessments on individual workstations to ensure you are legally compliant.
2 The assessor will provide on the spot advice to the user on how to set the workstation and equipment correctly.
3 The assessor will assess environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, lighting and noise levels.
4 A report will include details of the assessment of each workstation including advice given to the user, actions taken at the time, environmental results and recommendations if appropriate.