The Importance of Workstation Assessment

Three in four office workers blame desks for sickness: Badly set up desks and chairs cost companies £7bn each year. Read the full article below.

The government has set guidelines to protect display screen equipment users from possible harm relating to the workplace. It is the duty of the employer to ensure the health and safety of employees who may be affected by their work activities. The legislation includes a number of British standards which each office space needs to be compliant with.

Risk assessments must be performed regularly and include;

  1. Looking for hazards.
  2. Deciding on who may be harmed.
  3. Evaluating the risks.
  4. Recording the findings.
  5. Reviewing regularly.

Once we have assessed each employee we will inform you of our findings and show you how to do your own assessments in the future. Often risk assessments highlight ongoing issues for some people and in these cases a more in depth Level 2 assessment may be required. We will give you guidance on how to deal with any issues raised by these individuals.

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Top Tip 1

Either way you should invest in a device such as a sitfit cushion, this will encourage movement. Getting your core muscles engaged while sitting will work towards developing and maintaining a stronger back.

Movement while sitting will also improve oxygenated blood circulation, great for recovery and keeping fatigue at bay.

Get an eye test! Poor eyesight can attribute to awkward body postures being adopted at the workstation, as a guide, the computer screen should be approximately an arm’s length away from your sitting position.

Top Tip 2

Think about organising your desk space; ensure that the equipment that you use most regularly, is closest to you on the desk. This minimises awkward upper body postures being adopted, due to twisting and continuous arm extensions.

Having the top of the computer screen at eye level and at arm’s length away from your sitting position, will help dictate good posture at your desk.

Decide if you are serial sloucher, who finds maintaining good posture a struggle, or someone who is very mindful of good posture and is keen to maintain it.

Top Tip 3

You may have experienced bouts of discomfort at your workstation; this is normally as a result of sitting for prolonged periods in a static chair, or from repetitive actions that can have a damaging effect on your body. Sustained awkward sitting positions may also cause the odd pain niggle, that if left untreated, may lead to chronic and sometimes acute discomfort.

  • Take regular breaks; get up from your seat every 30 minutes if possible.
  • Place a timer on your desk to alert you to do this.
  • Spend 20 seconds doing something completely different before returning to work.

Stretch your body; take time to stretch your limbs, particularly those involved in repetitive tasks. Don’t wait for discomfort to set in before doing something about it. Developmental stretches sustained for 30 seconds or more, have a positive effect in maintaining the length of previously shortened muscles.