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Assessments for hot-desking, fixed station, home working and mobile workers

If you're not working, you're not earning!

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. 

 

Are you a DSE user?

  • someone who uses a computer or laptop (DSE) for an hour or more at a time on a daily basis.

  • a user who has to apply high levels of concentration when using DSE

  • a user who is very dependant on DSE and has no option but to use it

 

 

You need an assessment when:

  • a new workstation is set up

  • a new user starts work

  • a change is made to an existing workstation or the way its used

  • a user complains of pain or discomfort

 

The law applies to:

  • fixed station workers

  • mobile workers

  • home workers

  • hot-desking workers

 

Did you know that:

  • In 2018/19, 518,000 new cases of ill health were reported by workers

  • 100% of the cases were 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 pain

  • Get advice on products available to reduce RSI pain & risk

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

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