Many staff now spend a substantial part of their day using display screen equipment (DSE or VDU) at a workstation and a significant number of these experience musculoskeletal problems such as neck, arm or back pain. This is mainly due to poor postures and positions adopted.
In 1992 the Health and Safety Executive passed regulations on the use of equipment. These can be found at the link below. These regulations state that a full risk assessment should be carried out regularly.
Click on the VDU Workstation checklist link below and fill out the form. This will help you decide if a qualified risk assessor in your area should carry out a full risk assessment.
This link provides you with a VDU Workstation Checklist
The pictures below demonstrate good and bad working postures.
Key areas to check
- Feet on floor or footrest if required
- 110º angle at hips
- Seat adjustable up/down, forward/back, angle of backrest
- Desk height so that shoulders and arms relaxed
- Line of eyes level with top of screen
To prevent cumulative problems such as neck or back ache
- Take regular breaks for 5-10 minutes every hour.
- Get up out of your seat
- Stretch regularly
- Watch your posture
Below are some exercises for you to try
For more information on workstations and sitting posture: