Employer attitudes to workstation ergonomics varies enormously across the workplace. But those who take a proactive approach have a fitter, happier, more productive workforce and lose fewer days to sickness absence than those who are reactive.
If you are your staff are suffering from any form of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) don’t ignore it. A thorough assessment from an ergonomic expert will look at everything from the castors on the chair, to checking if the keyboard suits a users typing style. The solution to two individuals pain is rarely the same. It can sometimes be as simple as the positioning of the mouse, but all MSD’s have one thing in common: ignoring them makes them worse and costs more.
There is a link to the HSE’s DSE assessment pages on the right, which covers all the obligations of an employer. However if colleagues doing the assessments have not had proper training it is likely that any problems will not be identified.
We charge £75 + vat for a workstation assessment within 50 miles of Exeter. This is refundable against any purchase of a chair. We look at the set up of the entire workstation and equipment, the users habits and use of the equipment, their immediate environment and their routine. We can then make changes and/or recommendations based on what we have seen.
Call us to discuss your requirements. 01392 202012.
A basic DSE assessment checklist which will cover an employers legal obligations can be downloaded free from the HSE website http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ck1.htm.
Or you can download an e-learning lesson here: http://www.e-learningwmb.co.uk/page/office-safety-ergonomics
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