Meeting Your Ergonomic Legislative Requirements in Blended Working Environments

Posted on
13 Apr 2021
by
Laura Grimes and Sarah Fagan

Since March 2020, the majority of our members and the wider nonprofit community are now working from home. Working remotely has changed the landscape of employment but it has not changed the onus on employers to provide an ergonomically safe working environment. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers must evaluate the health and safety of workstations, with particular focus on physical difficulties and eye sight issues.

With the generous support of Medtronic, Members of The Wheel can now avail of a 50% reduction in the cost of remote Ergonomic Assessments and Display screen equipment (DSE) training.  For a limited time only, Ergonomic Assessments and DSE Training, will cost €30 per person instead of €60.  Assessments and Training will be carried out virtually in line with the Covid restrictions.

What is Involved?

A typical modern workstation comprises of a desktop computer or laptop i.e. Visual Display Unit (VDU) or Display Screen Equipment (DSE), chair, telephone and desk. It is the employer’s duty to examine and assess the standards of health & safety of an employee’s workstation and take any corrective action necessary. 
 
Similarly, a competent person must carry out the ergonomic risk assessment of an employee’s workstation. A person is deemed to be competent if he or she possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to conduct
a workstation assessment. 

As an employer, you are legally obliged to carry out Ergonomic Assessments of your Employees workspaces. To ensure legislative compliance, we are teaming up with recognised field leaders, Adare Human Resource Management, to provide our members with the following essential services:

1. Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Training

Adare Human Resource Management will provide you with online training for all relevant employees to ensure that they understand and manage their workstations correctly and in a responsible manner in line with the legislation and recommendations from the Health & Safety Authority (HSA). Employees will be taken through a series of exercises to help identify potential risks. 

2. Ergonomics Assessment

After the completion of the DSE training, employees will then take part in an online ergonomic risk assessment. 

An individual report will be produced for each employee. The report, which will be sent directly to the employer, will include guidance on corrective actions that should be taken, as provided by Adare Human Resource Management's Senior Health & Safety Consultant. 

Find Out More

Numbers are limited so secure your  place now by contacting Conor Duffy, Adare Human Resource Management via email: cduffy@adarehrm.ie or via telephone on (086) 033 0460. Please quote the reference code WHEELDSE.

If you have any further queries, please contact Laura Grimes at The Wheel: laura@wheel.ie.

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