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VDU Assessment - Health and Safety Guidelines  (see also - Workstation Tips)

Intelligent Health Systems's VDU Assessment Courses are aimed at meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 (& subsequent amendments) that apply to Visual Display Systems (VDUs) in the workplace.

VDU AssessmentUnder the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007, employers are required to analyse VDU workstations and work environments to assess the risks to the health and safety of users and to reduce these risks to the lowest practicable level. Employers are required to pay particular attention to eyesight, physical difficulties and mental stress and carry out appropriate steps to control any risks identified.

VDU Workstation Assessment:
IHS provides a VDU assessment service to employers whereby a consultant visits the employer’s premises and caries out an assessment. The employer’s VDU workstations are ergonomically assessed and recommendations are made to enable the employer to adhere to the VDU regulations.

VDU Workstation Assessors Course – 1 Day: 
The VDU Assessor course is a comprehensive one-day course specially designed for employers who wish to carry out their own VDU Workstation Assessments. This course is delivered on-site, allowing full customisation of the practical component of the course to the employer's offices.

Course Objectives:
IHS's VDU Assessment Course is aimed at meeting the requirements of the Safety Health and Welfare (General Applications) Regulations, 2007 that apply to VDU Assessment in the workplace. Implications of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 will be covered. On completion of the programme participants will be able to:

  • List and explain the legal requirements in relation to working with VDUs
  • List employee’s entitlements under current legislation relating to VDUs
  • Identify the ergonomic factors in workstation layout
  • Describe the postural implications of workstations
  • Understand the factors that constitute an assessment
  • Identify the hazards and assess the risks specific to VDUs and the Office Environment
  • Carry out VDU workstation assessments and advise operators on the methods of work

Participants are provided with materials to allow them to carry out VDU workstation assessments in their own workplace.

The course is highly participative and incorporates the principles and techniques of Problem Based Learning (PBL). Participants take an active role in all modules. They are provided with a variety of checklists to facilitate them in assessing VDU workstations in their workplace.