Focus on safety for use of DSE

Can working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE’s) lead to physical and mental health harm? 

The short answer is YES!!

(According to HSE statistics, in 2017/18, 469,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal  and work related upper limb disorders)!

Can we reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable?

Absolutely Yes!

Working with display screen equipment is not a high-risk occupation, however it does expose users to potential harm and as such there is a legal duty on employers to put in place controls to reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable.  Display screen equipment (DSE) Assessments are a legal requirement and the good news is that if they are done correctly, they can help with combating musculoskeletal disorders and other ill-health effects that DSE users are at risk of developing through time spent at a poorly designed workstation. Read more ...

The Health and Safety Executive Guidance Document HSG65 applies the ‘Plan, Do, Check and Act’ approach to the management of occupational Health and Safety.  Risk assessment is the second step so, let’s take this step by step as per the guidance;

  • Plan – determining policy and planning for implementation
  • Do – Profile risks/Organise for health and safety and implement your plan.
  • Check – Measure performance – proactively and re-actively
  • Act – Review performance and act on lessons learned.

A risk assessment is a careful examination of anything in your workplace that could cause harm or ill-health.  The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a legal duty on employers to carry out suitable and sufficient risks assessments of reasonably foreseeable risks and to put in place controls to reduce the risk ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’  If the organisation has five or more employees the law dictates that risk assessments are written down, communicated to workforce and others who could be affected and that they are regularly reviewed. Read more ...

New Craft & Supervisor CSR Cards Require NVQ qualification from September 2019

From 1 September 2019 the Construction Skills Register (CSR) will remove all remaining occupational assessments, including supervisors. From this date all new blue and gold card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 2 qualification (or higher) relevant to the card holder’s occupation. Health and safety training will continue to be required. Read more ...

Many people from a host of occupations find themselves on the City and Guilds PAT course because their company opt to PAT test in-house.  For candidates from electrical backgrounds this course is common place and the practical elements of carrying out the tasks is routine.  However, for those candidates with no electrical background many have asked if we would provide an additional solely practical one day course. Read more ...