As the world moves towards the so called 'hybrid' approach to working South Anston expects to see a growing interest in the creation of future-proof workstations for both office and home workers. With this in mind we are in the process of enhancing our ancillary services. One example of this is our 'work station assessments' and Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
It is our understanding that CVS is a coverall term referring to eye problems caused by viewing computer screens. Frustratingly it isn’t one specific condition with one specific cure. It covers everything from eye strain to blurred vision, including; double vision, eye irritation, headaches, neck and back pain.
CVS is often likened to repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis because of it's causes are the constant seesaw like reactions and movements required when looking at text and images on a screen whilst referencing physical notes or other documents.
It's important to say that CSV is an eyestrain/fatigue type issue rather than one likely to cause permanent eyesight damage. But, recent research shows that a significant number of computer users will experience at least some of these issues. Studies suggest that the risks become significant if you spend 3 or more hours a day viewing a computer screen. That probably describes most of the population, especially now with the growth of home working.
This is worth considering because an employers duty of care extends to the home work environment where they are responsible for the protection of all workers using what the HSE call "...display screen equipment..." At South Anston we are keen to preempt any problems by increasing worker awareness of digital eye strain.
Our tips to help you and your staff avoid Computer Vision Syndrome.
Here are some additional points worth considering.
All of this is something that South Anston can help with. We can organise DSE fixed work station assessments, 'hot-desking' and source workplace education/guidance. A free HSE publication is available - 'Display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist' It goes beyond screens and monitors, it's a highly visual and very informative document.
UK Health and Safety Executive, Harvard Health, UAB Medicine, Webmd.
NOTE: Nothing in this post should be taken as medical/health advice on which you can rely. It is an entertainment article for general information only. Everything written here just represents South Anston Limited's understanding of current health and safety guidelines and best practices. If you are affected by any of the issues/symptoms discussed we strongly recommend that you take professional medical/health advice.