Display Screen Equipment at Work. Dean Fenton. What are the Risks to people who regularly use workstations ?. Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD) - ranging from temporary fatigue to chronic soft tissue injuries eg tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD) -
ranging from temporary fatigue to chronic soft tissue injuries eg tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Postural – prolonged static posture and awkward sitting position eg twisting are known to cause musculoskeletal problems.
Legal – requirements HSWA 1974 and H&S (DSE) Regs 1992.
Moral – If a risk assessment is conducted and followed the risks (previous slide) are reduced significantly.
Financial - Less chance of a person being off work sick with WRULD or musculoskeletal disorders.
Adjust brightness & contrast to suit lighting
Screen surface clean
Screen characters sharply focussed ( no flicker )
Text size – large enough to see clearly
Screen at an appropriate height
Correctly placed with adequate space
Facility to tilt
Wrist support if required
Mat free from splits, cracks & fraying
Positioned within reach
Used with wrist straight
Room to support forearm on desk
Appropriate for tasks required
Operators trained where appropriate (eg SWIFT)
Adequate space to accommodate equipment
Space under desk for leg movement
Provision of footrest (where required)
Set to avoid twisting of the spine and neck
Moveable (casters fitted ) Adjustable in height & tilt
Users forearms – approx. horizontal
Eyes – same height as top of the VDU
Adequate heating & ventilation
Adequate artificial lighting Natural lighting –able to restrict (blinds) Sufficient space Free of other hazards eg trip hazards
Noise shouldn’t be distracting
10. Support for wrists, if needed
Workstation Risk Assessment template