DSE and laptops

General guidance on the comfortable use of DSE, produced by WorksOut with ErgoInnovation, for UNISON staff and members

Guidance on the safe use of laptops and other mobile devices, produced by WorksOut for BT are available to download here:

Get fit for mobile working – top tips
Get fit for mobile working – full guidance

Some useful advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on exercised you can do at your desk to help prevent discomfort.

For those with back pain or other discomfort

The NHS inform website has some useful information on how to manage back pain, and other muscle, bone and joint problems.

The HSE has guidance for employers who may have staff with back pain.

Occupational health and vocational rehabilitation

Evaluation of OHSxtra – a pilot occupational health case management programme delivered within 2 Scottish NHS Boards
Evaluation of OHSxtra

Evaluation of the national roll-out of the OHSxtra programme within the NHS in Scotland (main report + appendices)

OHSxtra evaluation (2007-09) – Final Report

OHSxtra evaluation (2007-09) – Appendices

Evaluation of the Working Health Services pilot project, a vocational rehabilitation programme provided for employees of SMEs in three areas in Scotland is available to download at: Working Health Services

Professional bodies

WorksOut is a registered consultancy with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). Margaret Hanson  is a Fellow of the CIEHF. She delivers a one day DSE course – “Assessing risks for computer (DSE) users” – which is CIEHF accredited.

Margaret Hanson is a Chartered Member of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Margaret Hanson is an associate member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics ACPOHE

WorksOut is a member of OSHCR, the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register OSHCR


Margaret has spoken at the following recent conferences. Some of these conference presentations are available by following the links shown.
Occupational Health Nurses Forum (Scotland) (2007) – Cost effective MSD case management and rehabilitation

Ergonomics Society Rehabilitation Conference (2007) – Spend to save? Is case management of musculoskeletal disorders cost effective?

Health Facilities Scotland (2007) – Evaluation of the OHSxtra programme

Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Annual Workshop, Practical Nuggets for Occupational Health Professionals (2007) – The Cost Effectiveness of Rehabilitation and Return to Work

Health and Well-being at Work (2008) – Ergonomic design in the workplace

The Scottish Government / NHS Scotland, Healthy, safe and here workshop (2008) – OHSxtra: findings of the pilot and lessons for wider implementation

Scottish Construction Safety Group (2008) – Reducing MSD risks in construction

RoSPA conferences on Managing Occupational Road Risks – (May 2009 and November 2009)- Driver comfort

Health and Wellbeing at Work – Optimising Workstation Behaviour (March 2010)

Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Annual Conference – Donald Broadbent Lecture – Green ergonomics: embracing the challenges of climate change (April 2010)

Health risks at work event – Industrial ergonomics in practice: Applying ergonomics to reduce MSD risks (February 2012)

Pharmaceutical Ergonomics Alliance – Ergonomics and the environment (March 2012)

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – Edinburgh branch meeting – Reducing MSD risks for mobile workers (April 2012). The slides can be downloaded here (under the minutes for 12th April 2012)

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – Edinburgh branch meeting – Vehicle ergonomics: driving comfortably (October 2012). The slides can be downloaded here (under the minutes for 11th October 2012)