Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Date:
Wednesday 11 February 2015

Time:
6.00pm - 9.00pm

Venue:
Room 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

Workshop Facilitator:
Alison Messanger, Southampton Solent University & Castle Ergonomics

Details:

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS e-Learning SG, BCSWomen, and Southampton Solent University.

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments, and particularly as the numbers are limited.

Alison graduated from Birmingham University with an MSc in Work Design and Ergonomics and is now a registered Ergonomist with nearly 30 years experience in both, long term academic and short commercial research, lecturing, training and design enveloping. Her particular interests are anthropometrics and working posture.

It is Alison’s belief that our working and living environments should never cause harm. These interests and beliefs resulted in me working for many years as an expert witness for work-related upper limb disorder and other postural personal injury cases. Having seen first-hand the harm that can be done, Alison established Castle Ergonomics in 1995. They offer a range of ergonomic services concerned with the assessment and improvement of living and working environments. Today they have specialists dealing with Ergonomics, Health and Safety, Vibration and Housing. Their aims are still the same, to provide technical measurement, advice, training and redesign to help minimise risk.

The workshop will be based around one of their standard training sessions intended for individuals who use a workstation or laptop during their working day or even at home, in addition to use of mobile technology.

The workshop will discuss the possible health risks associated with DSE, from Repetitive Strain Injuries to Eye Strain. Advice will be given to help minimise these risks, both the employer and the employee can take action. The employer should provide eye testing and a system of risk assessment, but more importantly the employee can check their working routines and workstation fit. Optimising these factors can make a difference to the risk exposure. A simple, practical 4-point plan to set up a workstation to fit the User is provided.