The use of display screen equipment for many staff forms an integral part of their day to day work activities. Computers like other work equipment can expose you to risks. This is often due to the way the computer workstation is set up and used. The workstation includes, the chair, desk or work surface, any optional accessories and peripherals and the immediate work environment of the display screen equipment. Specific regulations on Display Screen Equipment are set out in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Part 2 Chapter 5.
The most common risks from using computers are eye fatigue, repetitive strain injury (RSI), musculoskeletal discomfort or pain, fatigue, stress.
All staff who habitually (more than one hour per day) use display screen equipment should attend training which is scheduled during the academic year. The training will train employees on how to do a preliminary assessment of their own work station and what steps they should be taken to minimise the risk.
DSE Eye Tests:
Employees are entitled, but are not obliged to undergo, an appropriate eyesight test if they are a regular user of display screen equipment. The eye tests must be undertaken by the college appointed Optician.
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