Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is often referred to as Visual Display Units (VDU) or Computer workstations and includes laptops, tablets and other similar devices that incorporate a display screen. With the average desk worker spending up to nine hours of their day at their workstation it is vital that the arrangement and set up of equipment is appropriate for the user.
Employees who regularly use computer equipment often report discomfort in the neck, shoulder, back or arms and may also be prone to eye strain or fatigue. The development of these symptoms invariably leads to reduced productivity in the workplace. Whilst these disorders do not indicate any serious ill health it is always good practice to ensure that the working environment is as ergonomically satisfactory as possible. Businesses should also be mindful of the health and safety regulations requiring them to protect the health of people who work with DSE.
At Physiotherapy Matters we offer a full package of training, assessment and advisory services that help employers to address DSE issues and comply with legal obligations.
We can also assess workstations and other work areas to identify problems, and recommend affordable remedial actions that will help to make employees more comfortable and productive at work.
Workstation assessment may be required in various working environments ranging from laboratories, factory floors or classrooms. Appropriate assessment of the workplace with evidence based recommendations may be required to minimise the potential impact of musculoskeletal disorders.
Professional and commercial drivers can experience a range of musculoskeletal problems including back, neck, shoulder and leg pain. Those who drive cars as part of their job – for example, sales people – are at particular risk. For those driving more than 20 hours per week the risk is significantly increased.
The car is increasingly being used as a mobile office with calls and emails being sent from mobile devices which has associated health risks. Research from Loughborough University (2003) revealed that within a group of business drivers, 65% reported low back trouble, 43% neck trouble and 40% shoulder trouble.
For the low cost of ensuring your drivers are comfortable in their vehicle, significant cost savings can be made by avoiding absence and potentially increasing productivity.
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