Occ health:Display screen equipment assessment

DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT ASSESSMENT

MAN

Don’t slouch
Face the screen square on
Don’t use fonts that are too small
Regular breaks: eye fatigue can be reduced by looking for a minute or two in the far distance at the horizon

Beware of eye fatigue !!

MACHINE

The desk must have the right ergonomical height with sufficient clearance for knees, thighs and feet
If the desk has sharp edges, pad the edges

CRITERIA FOR AN ADMINISTRATIVE CHAIR

– It must have a five leg base with castors, that allow easy movement along the floor
– height can be adjustable
– may have armrests that are soft, allow the shoulders to relax and let the elbows stay close to the body (arm rests are optional). The arm rest must be able to fit under the desk top when working.
– must be able to swivel from side to side, and the seat must be wide enough and slightly slanted forwards and able to recline
– The back rest should conform with the natural curvature of the spine and provide adequate lumbar support
– The seat should slant at the front with a waterfall edge
– The seat should be comfortable and allow the feet to rets flat on the floor or on a footrest

DESKTOP SCREEN

– must have adjustable contrast and brightness

KEYBOARD

– must be adjustable and there must be enough space on the desktop in front of the keyboard for arms and wrists
– must have a long lead so that it can be positioned comfortably directly in front of the user
-a wrist support on the mouse pad can assist in preventing work related upper limb disorder (WRULD). The mouse must be comfortable for the user.

METHOD
Staff should be trained in the correct usage of display screen equipment
Staff should be trained in ergonomical safety
Keyboarding skills course reduces RSI Repetitive strain injuries

ENVIRONMENT

Windows must have blinds
Avoid trailing cables

MANAGEMENT

Keyboarding skills course
Ergonomical surveys
Standardised quality equipment

MATERIAL

The screen must be non-reflective
If a window or light does reflect in the screen, the screen must be changed from its’ position

Non-working space Occasional work space Usual work space