DSE assessments are not only a legal requirement – done properly they can actually help combat the musculoskeletal disorders, reduced concentration levels and other ill-health effects that are symptomatic of time spent at poorly-designed workstations.
Computer workstations or equipment can be associated with neck, shoulder, back or arm pains, fatigue and eye strain. These aches and pains are sometimes called upper limb disorders (ULDs) or repetitive strain injuries (RSI), but these problems can be avoided by following good practice.
United Health top tips for keyboard use
- Keep the keyboard cable loose so it is not restricting ease of positioning the keyboard close to you.
- Ensure the surface on which the keyboard is used is horizontal.
- Ensure the keys are all easily readable and fully functioning.
- Ensure the keyboard is positioned at the same height as your forearm and is close and central to you, so that your elbows remain in line with your shoulders during use.
- Try to not hit the keys too hard and ensure all keys are working well.
- Consider using keyboard shortcuts to ease the repetition of keyboarding tasks.
- There are many alternative keyboard options – consider the pros and cons of alternatives, as sometimes they can resolve one issue and may create another. If you have difficulties, you may require a DSE assessment.
- If using a keyboard at all is problematic, there are other technology alternatives e.g. voice activated software.
If you would like a DSE workstation assessment contact our DSE assessor today;
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