Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
For a while, there has been a gap for some in knowing who needs a workstation assessment, who can carry out an assessment and if one is needed in the first place. Information can be found here or via various sources. In the first instance, information and guidance should be sought from the Trust's Display Screen Equipment SOP. Plenty of information can be found in there. Some of the main areas are listed below.
Training to Become an Assessor of Workstations
There is now an on-line e-learning package for staff to train to be an assessor of workstations. Access to the course can be granted by emailing the Learning and Development Team using the following email and requesting the DSE course to be added to your profile Course.Bookings@sssft.nhs.uk.
Access to Work
Access to Work (AtW) is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more people stay in work. You can apply through a self-referral basis (once agreed with your line manager). Someone from AtW will assess your workstation and recommend equipment as required of which AtW will refund a certain value back to the employer. More information can be found at the following links:
Overview and Application: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview
The Access to Work Fact Sheet and Information is available by clicking on this link, where it will download to your PC.
See appendix three and four of the DSE SOP for a process map on how to carry out a DSE assessment and what process to follow in different situations, these appendicies can also be downloaded for viewing by clicking on the following link.
The Legal Side of Display Screen Equipment
NHS Choices offers endless amounts of advice in relation to dealing with back pain, which is highlighted as one of the largest cause of absence from work in the UK. Philip Sell, consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon, discusses the causes of and treatments for back pain (video extract from the NHS Choices website).
There are many things you can do to improve your mobility and prevent falls, and even be done at home, NHS Choices provide a very useful exercise routine on their site by clicking on the following link that further promotes this.
If there are any questions about any of the information on this page, please contact Nicolas Hulme, Health and Safety Advisor on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 790 7000.
Stress and Risk Assessments
Work related stress develops because a person is unable to cope with the demands being placed on them. Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as more errors.
The Trust is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all its employees. This includes tackling work-related stress where it is detrimental to employees. The Trust seeks to have an organisational culture that is both supportive and empowering with a management style that reflects this culture. Staff are also encouraged to take personal responsibility for themselves at work and support others to do the same.
The Work Related Stress SOP (accessed by following this link) sets out the Trust’s intentions for the management of work-related stress. It is acknowledged that excessive stress can also arise outside the work environment, but that may be linked to well-being at work too.
Stress Risk Assessments are a great way to ensure the team and individuals are assessed on their levels of stress when at work. Early signs of stress may be highlighted through this and can be dealt with before levels increase, affecting well being and often leading to sickness. This in turn can have an effect on other members of the team who need to cover workloads of others.
There are a number of simple ways to manage stress this and an e-learning package is currently being developed and will be released around Spring this year. In the meantime, the above link to the Work Related Stress SOP is a great source of information and guidance.
In addition, the HSE has a wealth of information on the topic of stress including effective ways to manage stress within a team, how to deal with personal issues and a number of case studies relating to stress. Use the following link to access this information.
Resources available to you
The One You Campaign also provides a vast amount of advice as discussed on other pages, in respect of stress, the causes of stress, including work, relationships and money problems. By accessing their site, you can get information on how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. The site provides information on how to help your health, help yourself and take control of worries. To access this area of the One You site, click on the image to your left which will direct you to their page.
NHS Choices again, as highlighted throughout this website, also provides support in relation to stress, and in particular breathing exercises for stress. Their calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere! Click on the image to the left to direct to their site.