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How the DSE Online Course Can Change Your Business

Posted by Tracy Seward

Organisational culture is really important for a healthy and happy working environment. It is often difficult to pinpoint what is meant specifically when we refer to a positive culture because it can relate to a number of different things. For example, it could be a combination of factors including how employees feel about their work, the way that the team works together and whether employees feel comfortable at work. Effective workstations and a supportive working environment along with proper DSE Assessments will go a long way to creating a positive culture.

Employees will spend a lot of time at their workstation, often looking at a computer for long periods of time and employers have a legal obligation to provide them with suitable training, DSE Assessments are often a popular choice. Regulations for DSE require an employer to:

  1. Carry out a workplace assessment in relation to workstations. This assessment should incorporate the full workstation such as the equipment, furniture and work environment as well as the tasks required of the employee, whether they have any special needs and any risks associated with these activities
  2. Check that each workstation will meet the minimum criteria outlined in the regulations
  3. Provide adequate information, advice and training

Employers should deliver suitable training and provide advice to users about the risks associated with work involving Display Screen Equipment. This training should include:

  • Adopting good posture
  • The best way to adjust office furniture such as chairs
  • Arranging the workstation to ensure that employees can work comfortably
  • Adjusting the computer screen to avoid glare and reflections
  • The importance of taking regular breaks and changing activities
  • How to participate in risk assessments
  • The procedure for reporting problems if and when they arise

Employers also have an obligation to make sure that suitable workstations are provided and the following are considered:

  1. The workstation should be sufficient so that the employee has enough space to work with all the documents and equipment they need to. Document holders can reduce neck and eye movements
  2. Workstations should be arranged to reduce bright reflections and avoid glare
  3. Adequate space underneath the desk should be provided so the employee can move their legs and their feet can rest comfortably on the floor without obstruction
  4. Keyboards should be positioned so users can rest their wrists and hands when not typing
  5. The mouse should be placed appropriately
  6. Employees should have suitable office chairs which will allow them to sit upright
  7. Screens should not flicker and brightness and contrast controls should be used to suit the lighting in the room
  8. Employees should be allowed to take regular breaks or switch activities throughout the day
  9. Employees should change position often, focusing on objects in the distance and taking a break from the screen

By delivering the right training, employees feel more motivated about their work and productive. Positive safety cultures at work will feature three main things:

  • Good working practices which effectively control risk
  • A positive attitude towards the management of risk and a willingness to comply with control procedures
  • A willingness to learn from incidents when they arise and be committed to continuous improvement and ongoing training

Positive safety culture is all about providing employees with the right level of information. In order for information to be distributed, employees need to have access to suitable information sources such as DSE Assessments.

Contact us to see how we can help change your business for the better with DSE assessments and e-Learning!

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