When developing any DSE related process, electronic or face to face processes need to try and promote a certain amount of self help from staff. Most DSE related problems can be rectified by the users themselves, simple steps such as chair adjustments, housekeeping and tidying their desk areas and the proper use of equipment that has already been supplied can dramatically reduce DSE related injuries and reduce the ammount of Management time spent chasing staff and making the adjustments for them.
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Repetitive strain injury (RSI), also called work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD), is a general term used to describe the pain caused to muscles, nerves and tendons by repetitive movement and overuse. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, neck and shoulders.
During the process of providing effective health and safety management for businesses, there is always a balancing act where the health and safety measure is cost affective, but the amount of Management time spent administering the policy or initiative, results in it not being reasonable to implemement.
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With the Difficult financial conditions that we are all experiencing, budgets are being cut and services restricted. In such environments it is common to cut back on services that benifit staff safety, Initiatives are paused or postponed and finance is redirected to other areas of the business.
Over the last few months some improvements have been made to DSE Online. These improvements include an automated reminder to staff that their dse reveiw is due and and an online report that can be printed off to use in meetings or to update Managers about progress.
With most commentators indicating that the cabinet are finalising colossal spending cuts across government, the axe is likely to fall heavily on much of the public sector. With the private sector having already undergone much belt tightening over the last couple of years, management from both sectors are clearly looking to identify savings.
Upper limb disorders (ULDs):
Are aches, pains, tension and disorders involving any part of the arm from fingers to shoulder, or the neck include problems with the soft tissues muscles, tendons and ligaments, along with the circulatory and nerve supply to the limb; and are often caused or made worse by work ULDs include recognised conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, and also conditions where there is pain but no recognised condition can be identified. Other terms such as repetitive strain injury, cumulative trauma disorder or occupational overuse syndrome are used. These common terms can be misleading with regard to the many factors that can contribute to the onset of the conditions, therefore the term upper limb disorder is preferred.
Display Screen Equipment Directive – Europe
The European Commission is taking steps towards better regulation and has expressed its commitment to simplification. Legislative simplification is partly dependent upon the evaluation of existing legislation. In order to develop a European-wide evaluation methodology, government representatives from member states set up a working group in 2005. The group decided to test a jointly agreed evaluation method through an evaluation of the Display Screen Equipment Directive (90/270/EEC) carried out by each member in its own country. Six countries took part and the final group report and executive summary can be downloaded below. The report will contribute to the deliberations of the EU Advisory Committee on Safety and Health working party on the evaluation of Occupational Safety and Health directives.