People work extremely hard. They’re hunched over their computers all day long. Even when they’re on the move they take their technology with them. Just witness business travellers on the train. Whereas once this would have been a little bit of down time, thanks to modern lightweight laptops and mobile broadband they can work every minute of the journey. Modern business is fast paced and this is exactly what people feel compelled to do.
It’s important to work safely and sensibly as well though. The human body just wasn’t designed to be hunched over a computer for eight hours a day. Poor posture and incorrect workstation set up can cause serious long lasting health issues, like a bad back, wrist or neck for example. This is why government regulations were introduced to protect workers. Everyone has performance targets and work related pressure to contend with, but nothing is worth someone’s health. The consequences for non compliance are serious. Severe financial penalties have been handed out, but healthier working is actually better for business anyway.
The law requires that people who spend the majority of their day working with a computer receive DSE training. This training covers the safe use of their workstation. They learn how to set up their desk correctly, adjust their chair properly and to adopt the right posture. Training stresses the importance of regular breaks and gives computer users a few simple exercises they can use to prevent discomfort from affecting their work.
Training needs to be accompanied by a DSE assessment. This process helps to identify and eliminate any problems with equipment, discomfort or behaviour. Issues are highlighted to trained assessors who can then intervene where required. This exercise helps to prevent issues from becoming more serious and makes sure individuals are working safely, sensibly and comfortably.