What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics (or human factors) is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use (definition adopted by the International Ergonomics Association in 2007).
What kind of ergonomic screening do employers need to do?
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 section 12, General Application of the Regulations 2007 and EC Council Directive 90/2270/EEC, employers have a statutory obligation to “evaluate health and safety at workstations with particular reference to eye sight, physical difficulties and mental stress”.
Steps must be taken to control any risks to health and safety identified. The employer must:
*A VDU or Visual Display Unit within the scope of the VDU Regulations is an item of display screen equipment such as a computer or microfiche reader. Users are classified as those ‘who habitually use display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work’.
The assessment is carried out by one of HealthForce’s ergonomists in your work environment and each work station is individually assessed. The assessment will establish whether adjustments need to be made for the users at the workstation as well as training and further advice. The workstation assessment will look at all areas of the workstation including the desk, chair, PC and accessories, printers and other equipment relevant to the workstation as well as work space, lighting, heating, noise and ventilation etc.
Uncorrected vision defects can make work at VDU’s even more tiring and/or stressful. This screening test is not a test for prescriptive lenses but is more cost effective for employers as it is a screening tool which will highlight those who need further referral to an optician and possible lenses. This test includes monitoring of distance, near and intermediate vision, visual fields, visual acuity, colour vision and depth perception. Referral to an optician may be required where defects are highlighted in this test.
How can HealthForce help you?
What are the benefits of Ergonomics and VDU Assessments?
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
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