VDU Assessment Training Courses

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VDU Assessment training courses aim to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to assess Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Workstations and advise others on the correct set up of workstations.

VDU stands for Visual Display Unit, in other words, your computer screen or monitor is a VDU. According to worksafe.co.uk; “VDU Assessments help identify any possible risks associated with the incorrect use of VDUs. The 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. A competent person must assess each individual’s workstation – the HSA does not accept online assessments carried out by employees themselves. LCE competent VDU assessors provide practical advice and guidance to each individual as part of the VDU assessment process.”

Course Objectives:

VDU Assessment training courses generally have the following objectives:

  • Identify the hazards associated with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
  • Explain the harm posed by Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
  • Explain the legislation that applies to Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
  • Carry out a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Workstation Assessment

Course Programme:

Most of these courses will generally cover the following topics:

  • Health & Safety Legislation as it applies to working with VDU’s
  • Identify the hazards & risks associated with working with Visual Display Units
  • Ergonomics – The role of ergonomics in workstation assessments
  • Eye & Eyesight Testing
  • Typical hazards – Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, Eyestrain & fatigue, Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Carrying out a Workstation Assessment

Course Certification

Learners who complete one of these courses will receive a Qualtec VDU Assessor Certificate

Why complete this course?

These courses are necessary as The Health & Safety Authority require that VDU assessments are carried out for all computer users. These courses are ideal for those staff who are responsible for carrying out workstation assessments or those who purchase or select office furniture.


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