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Question 804 June 2013

DSE Risk Assessments in Retail - Republic of Ireland

We are currently reviewing our procedures for our Republic of Ireland operation and the requirement to conduct DSE risk assessments for all colleagues based in retail stores, the cost of implementing seems excessive against the risk level associated with the environment, task etc.

Safety Health and Welfare at Work General Application Regulations suggest that we are required to do so and that assessments must be carried out by a trained/competent person so self-assessment is not an option

It is the requirement to individually assess those workstations in stores that is posing the problem. Whilst regs are not significantly different in ROI, what is vague is the definition of a "user" and the requirement for all workstations including those within retail outlets to be assessed by a trained individual, self-assessment, guidance and evaluation / review etc. are deemed unacceptable by a particularly difficult to please HSA Inspector.

Would any other members be prepared to share their thoughts/current policy on this issue?


The following 3 companies answered this question and 4 documents were supplied:

  • BAE Systems Land and Armaments
  • Coca Cola Great Britain
  • ISS UK Ltd
  • "DSE self-assessment questionnaire"
  • "Ergonomics basics_ positioning"
  • "The ideal posture"
  • "Workstation checklist for risk assesment"

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