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Prevent back injury - Always use a laptop stand and separate keyboard & Mouse


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It is extremely important to limit your exposure to risk of injury in your workplace as it could have an impact on your earning ability. 

What is a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) user?

A DSE user is a person who uses DSE continuously or near-continuously for an hour or more at a time and who uses DSE on a daily or near-daily basis for an hour or more at a time. It is a user who has to apply high levels of concentration when using DSE & who is very dependent on DSE and has no option but to use it. This criterion also includes part-time workers and those who work from home.

Did you know that:

  • In 2018/19, there were 518,000 new cases of ill health suffered by workers which they believed to be caused or made worse by their work.

  • An average loss to business of 14 days or 112 lost working hours, per injury

How Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) can impact your productivity:

You cannot expect someone stretching across the kitchen table using their laptop for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with their mobile phone clamped between the shoulder and head, to produce the same quality of work as when working with the correct desk, chair, phone headset and monitor setup.  If this is a similar scenario to your work area setup, or you can relate to even 1 point mentioned above, then you need to ask yourself how much longer you will be able to continue in this way before experiencing pain and potential injury that will affect your work? That is if it hasn't happened already.

What are the risks associated with Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)?     

  • You may not be able to take sick leave

  • Unattended symptoms will get worse the longer you leave them

  • There's no one to take the strain if your not performing at 100%

  • It will slow your productivity down

  • It can have an impact on your quality of life

What can you do to minimise the risk?

  • Have Home Office Team perform a DSE assessment on your workstation

  • Identify and minimise exposure to RSI

  • Get advice on products available to reduce RSI risk

  • Get advice on best practices for your workstation to help you maintain productivity in a risk free, comfortable environment