Workplace well-being is a topic that is widely discussed, particularly under the current circumstances as people are either shifting back to the office or having hybrid working arrangements.
For many of us, the workplace is where we spend a huge amount of time, sometimes 40 or more hours a week. It’s therefore also a place that can have a huge impact on our quality of life. The environment we work in, the people we work with and the role we do can all have an impact on our health.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), musculoskeletal disorders are the second most commonly reported type of work-related ill-health in Great Britain. Back pain, neck pain, headaches and repetitive strain injury (RSI) are just some of the health problems that are associated with working in front of a DSE (display screen equipment) for long hours.
So, what should organisations think about in terms of reducing the risk of musculoskeletal health problems and keeping their employees pain-free?
If you are employing DSE users there are several good reasons why you should carry out DSE assessments or workstation assessments. Investing in your employees’ health has numerous benefits such as being more comfortable and less likely to suffer from pain. Therefore employees take less time off work and are more productive. And then there is the law, the HSE DSE Regulations (1992) that employers should comply with.
Having your internal DSE assessor is a cost-effective way to comply with the law and keep your staff healthy and happy.
What are the benefits of having a qualified DSE assessor at your workplace?
- Helps you to comply with the HSE DSE Regulations (1992).
- The DSE assessor can identify and assess any risks associated with the use of the display screen equipment whether your employee is working from the office or home.
- The assessor can provide recommendations on how to improve the ergonomics of the workplace, to make the environment more comfortable and conducive to productivity.
- The assessor can advise your employees on breaks and microbreaks to minimise the risk of injury.
- The assessor will help you to reduce the number of accidents and injuries caused by incorrect use of a workstation.
- Save your business time and money. A qualified assessor is able to assess the risk of using display screen equipment and can help employers to make informed decisions about the type of equipment they should buy and the measures they should take to ensure its safe use.
- Raise employee morale and productivity. By providing advice on how to make the workplace more comfortable, they can help to create a pleasant work environment, which can have a positive effect on employee wellbeing.
An accredited DSE assessor training course is an invaluable tool for any business where their employees work in front of a DSE for an hour or longer on a daily basis.
The Ergonix CIEHF-accredited DSE Assessor Training Course provides a thorough understanding of the HSE DSE Regulations as well as practical advice on how to ensure the safety of users. Our one-day workstation assessor course covers a range of topics, from basic principles of ergonomics to assessing individual workstations. It provides an in-depth understanding of the HSE DSE Regulations and how to assess, control and manage risks. It also teaches you how to assess individuals holistically and make changes and recommendations that meet the needs of the assessed individual.
Our DSE training courses are expert-led. The courses are led by highly skilled professionals, and physiotherapists with extra training in ergonomics, dedicated to teaching you the skills needed to become a competent and effective DSE assessor.
The DSE course is an invaluable tool for any organisation where their employees work with display screen equipment. It provides a thorough understanding of the HSE DSE Regulations and safety requirements related to the use of such equipment, as well as practical advice on how to ensure the safety of users. It also offers numerous benefits, including reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, saving businesses time and money, and improving employee morale and productivity.
If you would like to find out more about our virtual or face-to-face DSE Assessor Training Courses, we would love to hear from you.