VDU stands for Visual Display Unit. A VDU assessment is the same as a DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment or a workstation assessment.
Who is covered by the Display Screen Equipment Regulation?
These 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
What do I need to do to comply with the Display Screen Equipment Regulation?
As an employer there are a number of duties set down in this regulation, the key requirements are to:
- Carry out an analysis or risk assessment of employee workstations.
- Provide information to employees in relation to measures which have been implemented.
- Provide training to employees in the use of workstations before commencing work with display screen equipment and whenever the organisation of the workstation is modified.
- Perform a further analysis or risk assessment where an employee transfers to a new workstation or significant new work equipment, change of equipment or new technology is introduced to an individual’s workstation.
- Ensure that the provision of an appropriate eye and eyesight test is made available to every employee.