Safety in Offices

The main hazards in offices are those associated with using computers and other Display Screen Equipment (DSE) and slips trips and falls.

Slips and falls may seem a trivial problem to many but it’s worth noting that over 11,000 people were seriously injured at work in 2007 as a result of a trip or fall, prompting the HSE to launch a campaign to reduce such accidents. ( Link to HSE Shattered Lives campaign).

The risks of slipping, tripping and falling in offices can be controlled by simple common sense measures which are outlined in a general risk assessment for office work which can be found here.

People using computers can develop various problems including headaches, eyestrain and various upper limb disorders including repetitive strain injury (RSI). Some of these illnesses can be quite serious but are avoidable if the right equipment is purchased; the workstation is set up correctly and work patterns sensible.

CNS follows the relevant University Code of Practice to ensure DSE users are able to work without risk to their health.

If you are DSE user you may apply for a free eye test by filling out the appropriate form.

Guidance on setting up workstations correctly can be found here and a DSE assessment checklist produced by the HSE here.

All staff working on DSE need to complete an Online compulsory DSE Self-Assessment, this will enable you to identify any problems. In addition, your School will also have its’ own DSE Assessor who will be able to help you.