ErgoPro News

Wellbeing Stress Risk Assessment Reports Upgraded

The ErgoPro Wellbeing report has been substantially upgraded to provide more detailed results at a glance. The Wellbeing Findings Report shows the response count for each answer. It then shows the average response count to identify positive and negative stress outcomes. Questions can be sorted and categorised by Factor. To protect the privacy of colleagu.. Read More

Flexible 'Hybrid' Working DSE Assessment Module Now Available

The New ErgoPro Flexible Working DSE assessment module is now available. The way we work has undergone rapid transformation over the last year, with large segments of the workforce working from home during unprecedented lockdown periods. Staff have had to quickly adapt to changes in where they work. In many cases this has driven new ways of.. Read More

People Search Now Includes Start Date

The ErgoPro Admin Portal has been updated to allow you to search for people by employment start date. This new feature allows you to find new starters or people who joined your organisation within a specific date range. To search by start date, log in to your ErgoPro Admin Portal and from the main menu, select People. In the Search panel, click 'Advanced.. Read More

Laptop Kit

The use of most fixed screen/keyboard arrangements such as standard laptops result in poor postures in the neck or upper limbs (and often in both). This is because the screen will be too low, resulting in a bent neck, if the keyboard is at the correct height for the upper limbs or the keyboard will be too high for the upper limbs if the screen is at the correct height f.. Read More

Avoiding Musculoskeletal Problems

There is a simple recipe for avoiding common musculoskeletal problems that are associated with DSE use: Avoid awkward postures Avoid working for long periods without breaking Minimise repetitive movements and excessive force when using the upper limbs Mos.. Read More

Taking Breaks

It is important to take a break regularly to prevent fatigue (physical, mental and visual). Try to vary and alter the tasks you carry out as a change in activity also offers a break. Without a doubt, breaks away from the desk are best but a quick stretch whilst seated is better than nothing. Breaks could include standing briefly or walking to.. Read More

Glare and Reflection

Glare and reflection on the screen can increase eye fatigue or result in you not being able to see parts of the screen at all if severe. Firstly, it's important to try to eliminate reflection and glare at its source. Use blinds to block out light from windows that is troublesome. Overhead lighting is over diffused with special coverings or bulb types. .. Read More

About Health and Safety Law - Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Display Screen Equipment There are various health and safety obligations for companies that cover the use of computers but probably the most relevant is "The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (amended in 2002)". These require all companies with more than 5 employees to provide display screen equipment (DSE) "u.. Read More

Typing Tips

Keep your wrists neutral (neither bent up or down nor sideways) Your fingers should be relaxed and slightly curled over Use as many of your fingers as you can. This helps spread the work Don’t overstretch your fingers – particularly for the return and.. Read More

About Health and Safety Law - Manual Handling

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended in 2002 apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley. Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. I.. Read More

Mental Stress and Anxiety

Prolonged or intense periods of stress can lead to physical and/or mental illness. Having control over how you work goes a long way to help reduce stress and fatigue. If you feel you are not coping with stress and/or anxiety at work then it's important to get help. Please contact your HR representative for stress guidance, management and sup.. Read More

Mouse Settings

Do you know how to adjust your mouse settings? You can change the settings on your mouse so that they suit you. To do this: On a Windows PC go to: Control Panel > Mouse On a Mac go to: System Preferences > Keyboard & mouse Here you can change your primary and secondary button configuration. If y.. Read More

Musculoskeletal Problems

DSE users commonly report trouble in the spinal and upper limb areas. They may include aches, pains, tingling or numbness. These are usually due to a variety of factors such as ageing, leisure activities and work. Regardless of cause, these sorts of problems always respond to treatment best if managed early. At work it is important to keep to.. Read More

About Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and test.. Read More

Good Working Posture

Good posture starts with keeping your joints and muscles neutral or midline, as this is where they do the least work. Symmetrical postures help to reduce twisting and uneven loading of parts of the body. Good Sitting Posture The spine should be s shaped, with the lumbar arch (lower back) well supported .. Read More