What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use (definition adopted by the International Ergonomics Association in 2007). Ergonomics is commonly thought of as how companies design tasks and work areas to maximize the efficiency and quality of their employees’ work.

What kind of ergonomic screening do employers need to do?

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 section 12, General Application of the Regulations 1993 and 2007 and EC Council Directive 90/2270/EEC, employers have a statutory obligation to “evaluate health and safety at workstations with particular reference to eye sight, physical difficulties and mental stress.

Steps must be taken to control any risks to health and safety identified. The employer must:

Carry out a risk assessment of all workstations, must be carried out by someone with the necessary expertise
Consult with employees on issues affecting their health and safety
Identify the employees to whom the VDU Regulations apply
Provide a suitable environment and workstation equipment for VDU work
Provide eye tests for employees who are classified as VDU users
Inform the employees of hazards associated with VDU’s and of what has been done to protect the employee

'A VDU or Visual Display Unit within the scope of the VDU Regulations is an item of display screen equipment such as a computer or microfiche reader. Users are classified as those ‘who habitually use display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work’.

The assessment is carried out by one of Ciaran Reid Safety Limited’s ergonomists in your work environment and each work station is individually assessed. The assessment will establish whether adjustments need to be made for the users at the workstation as well as training and further advice. The workstation assessment will look at all areas of the workstation including the desk, chair, PC and accessories, printers and other equipment relevant to the workstation as well as work space, lighting, heating and ventilation etc.

Vision Screening

Uncorrected vision defects can make work at VDU’s even more tiring and/or stressful.

This screening test is not a test for prescriptive lenses but is more cost effective for employers as it is a screening tool which will highlight those who need further referral to an optician and possible lenses. This test includes monitoring of distance, near and intermediate vision, visual fields, visual acuity colour vision and depth perception. Referral to an optician may be required where defects are highlighted in this test.

How can Ciaran Reid Safety Limited help you?

We can offer individual workstation and VDU assessments and group tuition on ergonomics and best known methods of practice.
Carry out health screening for employees who declare a history of musculo-skeletal problems
Case management of musculo-skeletal injuries
Referral for specialist advice and medical intervention where required

What are the benefits of Ergonomics and VDU Assessments?

Avoid mistakes which will cost employer financially
Reduce risk of litigation and reduced injury claims
Reduce the incidence of sickness absence through repetitive strain type injuries and other defects
Provide baseline health information (on entry and exit to organisation)
Ensures better productivity of staff through increased operator comfort





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Ergonomic Services

Ciaran Reid Safety Ltd. will come on site and carry out individual assessments (and the accompanying eye test where indicated) and provide a full report and recommendations. We will also make any corrections we can to the work station on the day. We look at the individual when they are seated at the work station and therefore it is essential that the employees are there on the day. Our assessment
covers the statutory elements under the 2007 Regulations including assessment of the:

 Desk
 Chair
 Monitor, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals such as phone, document holders etc
 IT software, temperature, lighting, heating and ventilation where indicated.

We will provide you with an individual report for employee assessed.

Where the employee identifies that there may be a potential musculo-skeletal issue which we think may present in the future our Occupational Health Nurse will carry out a Musculo Skeletal Questionnaire.

Following review of this we can then further advise the employer. We can offer advice to employers
regarding:

 Recommendations for job modification
 Treatment advice and management
 Referral to specialist treatment services where required
 Advice on safe rehabilitation to full duties

We will offer further occupational health review of repetitive strain and other musculo-skeletal work related cases to ensure that the employee’s condition is not exacerbated by their work. This may incur an additional fee depending on the type of review warranted, e.g. detailed Clinical Nurse Specialist review, Physio review, Occupational Physician Review etc

Eye tests will be included as part of the assessment and fee below:

Although eye strain has been associated with prolonged VDU use, there is no reliable evidence that work with visual display units (VDU’s) cause any permanent damage to eyes or eyesight but it may make users with pre-existing vision defects more aware of them. Uncorrected vision defects can make work at VDU’s even more tiring and/or stressful. This screening test is not a test for prescriptive lenses but is more cost effective for employers as it is a screening tool which will highlight those who need further referral to an optician and possible lenses. This test includes monitoring of distance, near and intermediate vision, visual fields, visual acuity colour vision and depth perception. Referral to an optician may be required where defects are highlighted in this test. This means that the employer will only be funding optician tests where there is an actual need for them to be carried out and for lenses to be prescribed and not in all cases, which remains the most cost effective option for the employer.

Half day rate: €350.00

Full day rate: €650.00

Hourly rate: €95.00

Eye test only rate: €10.00 per eye test (less than 100)

€8.00 per eye test for numbers greater than 100

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