Many employees are now working in office environments at workstations with Display Screen Equipment (also referred to as Visual Display Units). This work is primarily sedentary. Sedentary work and lifestyles may result in adverse health effects for some employees e.g. musculoskeletal disorders (aches and pains), eye effects, fatigue.
However these adverse health effects can be easily managed by carrying out workstation assessments for employees, and by providing relevant information on safe working at a DSE workstation. This will assist employers to comply with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007: Chapter 5 of Part 2: Display Screen Equipment.
Some employees may have existing medical problems or physical impairment and will require specialised assessments. Our background as chartered physiotherapists makes us ideally suited to carry out these complex assessments and advise on access issues, preparation of personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) and advice on sourcing suitable equipment and office furniture.
OPS consultants can also provide advice for clients on suitable office chairs and workstation furniture, that comply with the requirements for office furniture in schedule 4 of the 2007 Display Screen Equipment Regulations. OPS can liaise with occupational health and human resources departments as part of the case management process. We can facilitate employees to remain at work with support or facilitate the return to work programme for employees who have been absent from work for medical reasons.