A display screen is a piece of equipment that has a graphic monitor/screen. As well as standard monitor screens used with PCs, the term ‘display screens’ also cover technologies such as tablets and laptops.
Employers that have employees working with display screen equipment have to provide health and safety training on their correct use, and the health risks involved in using display screens for long periods of time. Employers and employees should be aware of the correct posture and what is considered good posture when sitting, as well as how to arrange furniture and the desk so that it is at the correct height and level for display screen use. Employees should know how to adjust their screens to avoid glare and strain on the eyes, while employers should promote rest breaks for those using screens for long periods of time.
Regular risk assessments should be made, and workers should know how they can report any problems that they are having. Workers must be encouraged to have regular eye tests if they use a display screen every day for work.
Many workers using display screens on a regular basis suffer from musculoskeletal problems, eye health problems and back pain. A direct cause of this is through poor posture and sitting in front of a display
screen in the incorrect way. It is estimated that 6.9 million working days alone are lost as a result of workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. For this reason, employers must carry out regular risk
assessments and ensure that employees know the correct ways to use display screen equipment in order to minimise risk.
Display screen awareness course overview
Our display screen awareness course enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of ergonomic principles of display screen equipment and employers’ responsibilities in law. The course is perfect for anyone who is a line manager managing staff in an office, or for those in charge of health and safety within a company. It is also ideal for new staff, health and safety induction training or refresher training for current employees. On completion of the course, delegates should be able to understand the following principles:
– How display screen equipment assessments are conducted in a working environment
– Hazards and risks associated with poor display screen and workstation setups
– Legal requirements that employers and assessors must follow
– The importance of posture and taking frequent breaks
– How to create a safe working environment to minimise the risk of developing musculoskeletal
Employees should be reassessed on a frequent basis (every two years) to ensure that their display screen use is correct and in line with health and safety regulations. Employers must protect their employees and make them aware of the risks associated with working with display screen equipment. A thorough assessment of working procedures and workstations must be conducted.
Course structure: what you will learn (2-4 hours)
Delegates will learn the following:
– Current health and safety legislation regarding the safe use of display screen equipment
– Hazards and risks associated with using display screen equipment in the workplace
– How to adjust and position display screen equipment and chairs/furniture correctly to minimise
muscular and musculoskeletal problems
– The importance of eye testing
On completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate. The course can be 2-4 hours in lengthand incorporate other areas of health and safety such as risk assessment, general office hazards, etc.