Working From Home Assessment

VDU Assessments help identify risks associated with the incorrect use of equipment. Strain on the neck, shoulders, back, arms and wrists can result from a poorly designed workstation. A VDU Risk Assessment can reduce the likelihood of developing these symptoms.

Duration: Minimum 20 minutes
Location: This service can be provided both on site and remotely to the employee’s place of work.

VDU (Visual Display Unit) and assessments must be carried our at each individual’s workstation by a competent professional. The HSA does not accept online assessments carried out by employees themselves. Corrib Training is certified to conduct VDU assessments either on site or remotely to the employee’s workstation.  

LCE competent  assessors provide practical advice and guidance to each individual as part of the VDU assessment process. All findings and alterations are documented.


Who needs a VDU/DSE Assessment?

Employees who habitually use VDU/DSE as a significant part of their normal work, or who work at a desk station continuously for one hour or more per day require a VDU/DSE assessment. 

Employees are entitled to have their workstation assessed in line with the requirements of Section 72 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. They must also have periodic breaks or changes of routine, away from VDU/DSE and must be informed by their employer that they are entitled to an appropriate eye and eyesight test (or may opt for either) before working with VDU/DSE and at regular intervals. If at any time working with VDU/DSE an employee experiences visual difficulty, he or she has a similar entitlement. Employees must also be trained in the use of the workstation and be given information about ergonomics and health and safety factors.  

How does it work?

If you have been sent home to work your employer is required according to regulations to provide an assessment of your remote working facilities.
Typically an assessment would be conducted at your workplace however with Covid-19 restrictions this are now carried out virtually. 
Initially a guidance pack would be provided, after which the live assessment would be booked in.

Please note a good internet service is required for remote assessment minimum of 20 minutes plus pre questioner. This is a 1 to 1 assessment.


What legislation covers Display Screen Equipment?

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2 outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to Display Screen Equipment.
Note: Display Screen Equipment is referred to as VDU

Who is covered by the Display Screen Equipment Regulation 2007?

The following regulations are applicable:

  • if the employee has no choice but to use the VDU to carry out her/his work
  • if the employee normally uses the VDU for continuous periods of more than one hour
  • if the VDU is generally used by the employee on a daily basis

Is there an appropriate guidance document  for advice and direction on the Display Screen Equipment Regulation?

The Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Chapter 5 pf Part 2: Display Screen Equipment gives appropriate guidance.

What constitutes a workstation under the Display Screen Equipment Regulation 2007?

“Workstation” means an assembly comprising display screen equipment, which may be provided with a keyboard or input device or software, or a combination of the foregoing, determining the operator and machine interface, and includes:

(a) a work chair and work desk or work surface
(b) any optional accessories and peripherals, and
(c) the immediate work environment of the display screen equipment

What is Schedule 4?

Schedule 4 details the minimum requirements for all Display Screen Equipment that should be in place for Display Screen Equipment workstations. When conducting a workstation assessment, the employer must take account of the minimum requirements specified in Schedule 4. This Schedule covers a range of elements which include the following:

  • display screen equipment
  • keyboard
  • work desk or work surface
  • work chair
  • environment (space requirements, lighting, radiation, noise, heat and humidity)
  • employee computer interface (software should be suitable for the task and easy to use)