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The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to Visual Display Unit / Display Screen Equipment -(VDU /DSE).
These regulations apply to any employee If that employee has no choice but to use the VDU/ DSE to carry out her/his work, or if the employee normally uses the VDU/DSE for continuous periods of more than one hour at his or her work station or if the VDU/DSE is generally used by the employee on a daily basis.
The Health and Safety Authority in Ireland (HSA) define a work station as s an assembly comprising display screen equipment, which may be provided with a keyboard or input device or software, or a combination of the foregoing, determining the operator and machine interface, and includes—(a) a work chair and work desk or work surface,(b) any optional accessories and peripherals, and(c) the immediate work environment of the display screen equipment.
With the average person working at a keyboard performing between 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes a day, Andrew Doyle Safety Consultants Limited (ADSC) provides DSE assessments for small, medium and large businesses and organisations on a nationwide basis throughout Ireland.
We offer our tailored services using only trained, skilled and experienced Health and Safety Consultants and DSE assessors with enormous experience in industry, thereby ensuring the highest levels of both professionalism and affordability.
The assessment includes an examination of DSE hazards and risks and DSE equipment,
Also included is a detailed examination of the surrounding workspace(s) as well as the work station(s) using meters to measure light, temperature, humidity and noise levels and review of the results is also included.
A detailed report is submitted to your company and the employee is entitled to a copy of this report.
Please note the HSA state in their advice that "it is not sufficient to allow employees to use a software package or other means to assess their own workstations, it is a duty of the employer to carry out an analysis or risk assessment of an employee's workstation".
We would welcome the opportunity to submit a proposal covering DSE assessments for your company.
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