Ergonomics, VDU & DSE Assessments

Chapter 5 of Part 2 (Regulations 70 to 73) and the related Schedule 4 to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 relate to the safety and health requirements (ergonomics) for employees who habitually use display screen equipment (VDUs) as a significant part of their normal work. The General Application Regulations 2007 are made under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Under these regulations employers must evaluate health and safety at workstations with particular reference to eyesight, physical difficulties and mental stress. Appropriate steps must be taken to control any risks identified.

The employer needs to carry out an analysis of individual workstations and a competent person with the necessary skills, training and experience must complete this analysis. The analysis of a workstation must take account of the minimum requirements in Schedule 4 to the General Application Regulations.

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The results of the workstation analysis must be shared with the employee and a written record must be kept of the analysis of the workstation. Any changes to be made to the workstation to meet the requirements of Schedule 4 must be recorded.

The purpose of the VDU assessment is to assess the current ergonomic layout of the workstation and its compliance with the 2007 General Application Regulations to ensure that the user is adequately protected.

Incorrect VDU / Ergonomic design & layout can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive strain injury, visual fatigue and increased stress levels so it is important that a VDU Assessment is carried out by a competent person to identify and correct any hazards that may exist.

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