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VDU/DSE Assessments

Visual Display Units (VDUs) are widely used in all industries today and are a contributing factor to back injury, eye strain from poor ergonomics and eye strain from incorrect positioning of equipment or in regard to lighting.

The General Application Regulations 2007 contains a list of minimum requirements in which the employer is obliged to carry out a risk assessment of each VDU workstation.

This assessment will also look at:

  • equipment
  • software
  • ventilation
  • lighting levels
  • access & egress
  • ergonomics
  • good housekeeping
  • space requirements
  • noise, eye tests
  • electrical cables/electricity
  • manual handling
  • stress due to VDU work
  • all office furniture.

There are minimum requirements and standards required which cover all these areas. This assessment will also evaluate the employees routine, positioning and seating in relation to their VDU and training levels provide to staff.

The assessment will also take into account any traits or symptoms of “Sick Building Syndrome” which may be identified during the risk assessment.


  • Allow the employer to meet his legal requirements
  • Provide the management with an understanding of the design problems or underlying engineering/ventilation problem of the individual workstations or office
  • Reduce the level of RSI or Work Related Upper Limb Disorders
  • (WRULDs) injuries and eye sight problems
  • Provides staff with a safer and more beneficial working environment
  • Reduces stressing and fatigue factors related to the work environment
  • Allows the employer to identify and put in place any extra training and
  • information that may be required for employees

Through a process of discussion, training and adjustment, suggestions are made to improve the ergonomic use of desk equipment, including the desk itself, chairs, PC screens, keyboards and mouse, and any other equipment that is used day to day. In this way potential stresses on workers are reduced, allowing them to be more comfortable in their work.

Should you wish to train staff to carry out VDU assessments in-house click here for further information

For more information on VDU/DSE Assessments contact Carraig Safety Consultants
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