The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the General Applications 2007 requires that all hazards in a workplace be identified, risk assessed and that adequate precautions be introduced. Ergonomics is a method of fitting a work area to the worker. The purpose is to reduce the amount of strain put on the body and eliminate visual and musculoskeletal stress and damage. Employers are required to analyze VDU workstations and the general work environment paying particular attention to eyesight, physical difficulties and mental stress and to introduce measures to control any risks identified.
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At the end of the session the participants will:
- Understand the legal requirements in relation to working with VDUs.
- Identify the ergonomic factors in workstation layout.
- Identify the hazards and assess the risks specific to each work station.
- Describe the postural implications of using workstations and the associated prevention methods.
- Conduct ergonomic and VDU assessments and present the relevant reports to management.
- Safety, Health & Welfare Act 2005. -
- General Applications 2007 Regulation S.I. No 299
- Display Screen Equipment Regulations
- Introduction to ergonomics
- Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
- Reduction of Risks in relation to Display Screen Equipment
- VDU Assessment criteria: equipment, furniture, environment, tasks & software.