Tackling Back Pain by Using the DSE Risk Assessment

Our culture has steadily moved from one that makes its wealth from physical activity and industry, to a society which mainly processes data. This processing generally takes place while sitting down and viewing some kind of visual display unit. A Risk Assessment of the Display Screen Equipment kind (DSE Risk Assessment) is the method by which this work position is assessed in terms of health and safety.

As the US and European nation’s economies have gradually migrated to a generally service related firms, a lot of heavy, moderate and light factory-based processes have moved to developing countries, especially to Asian states. The requirement for DSE Risk Assessment has thus come about as many western workers now work eight hours a day in office blocks – staring at computer monitors.

The human form has evolved over thousands of years to be very good at physical labour – namely activities such as gathering, hunting, fishing, and naturally fighting. A great deal of these activities conducted by early man involve running, standing and walking – with not a great deal of sitting down staring at a computer screen. The caveman home was basically a hole in a rock, and office-like pursuits involved standing behind a tree in the streaming rain, waiting for a furry beast to trot past – with the idea of skewering said beast for a tasty meal. At this point in history, DSE Risk Assessments were not being used.

If there was a DSE Risk Assessment thousands of years ago would likely have recommended standing a greater distance away from mammoths when trying to stick them with a spear and abstaining from cannibalising your next door neighbours.

Nowadays a DSE Risk Assessment is an important affair, and assists in ascertaining how well-suited display screen equipment is to a certain worker’s daily activities. If people are going to spend around 8 hours a day planted on a seat, it is crucial to see how remaining in this position affects the back. With a big increase in back complaints over recent times, the assessment of this risk has become most important. Not only do employers have a moral obligation to ensure the work situation does not lead to any long term problems for its employees, but they are required by the law to do so.

Sitting position is also linked to stress. The more stressful a job, the more likely an employee is to sit with a bad posture, so together with the actual physical elements of sitting down in front of a pc, the psychosocial effects of a stressful working environment can lead to neck and back related pain.

By educating workers and employers on how to reduce any negative effect on the back, especially with the DSE Risk assessment, it is likely to be possible to prevent many lost man hours in future times, as well as reduce the monetary burden on the National Health Service. A lot of tax payer’s money is lost to back-related issues – many of which are just caused by sitting in a bad position.

Gino Hitshopi is highly experienced in the realm of DSE risk assessment, having worked in the health and safety industry for many years. For more information please visit: http://www.complywise.co.uk/

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