As more and more of golf club staff rely on technology to carry out their duties it is always important to ensure their health and safety is correctly assessed. No doubt when it comes to computers and workstations the risk assessments are all to hand but what about those workers who use tablets and mobile phones? These need to be assessed as well because, as an employer, golf clubs must protect their workers from the health risks of working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE), such as PCs and laptops and now tablets and smartphones. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time. The law applies if users are, for example: at a fixed workstation mobile workers home workers hot-desking (workers should carry out a basic risk assessment if they change desks regularly) Employers must: do a DSE workstation assessment reduce risks, including making sure workers take breaks from DSE work or do something different provide an eye test if a worker asks for one provide training and information for workers Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious. HSE’s leaflet Working with display screen equipment gives more information about how to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992. You can find detailed advice on the regulations in Work with display screen equipment. Advice on using DSE if you’re pregnant or have epilepsy is available.
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