Office Workstation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 1

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8-30 - 17-00

Guildford,TBC, TBC GU1 1XX

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51.2530654, -0.5482076

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Course Aims/Summary

The Association of Chartered Phyisotherapists in Occupational Health & Ergonomics (ACPOHE) is a special interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  ACPOHE has been running courses for physiotherapists who have a specialist interest in the fields of occupational health and ergonomics for many years.  This two day Workstation (DSE) Ergonomics for Physiotherapists course designed for physiotherapists who have had limited or no experience in the area of conducting office ergonomics assessments or who are looking for a refresher.

After this course the participant should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant Health & Safety legislation & regulations, relevant to office workers, particularly computer users
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of other relevant legislation
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the risk factors associated with work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant consent and confidentiality issues
  5. Feel competent to conduct a comprehensive office workstation ergonomics assessment and design an action plan which aims to reduce risk and promote health
  6. Carry out basic anthropometric measurements and be able to advise ont he type, size and functionality of office furniture and equipment that is suitable for a user
  7. Prepare a clear and logical report of the assessment and recommendations made that meets all of the needs of the referrer

Course Objectives

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the possible effects on health of DSE use and propose remedial measures
  • Advise a computer user on correct workstation set up and work behaviours
  • Carry out a comprehensive DSE workstation DSE workstation assessment and make recommendations to minimise risk and promote health
  • Identify health issues and concerns relating to use of laptops, hot-desking and home working and advise on remedial action in line with current health and safety legislation

Pre Course

Delegates should have a sound grasp of anatomy, work physiology, biomechanics and posture relevant to ergonomics.  Pre-course preparation is required and a reading list will be provided.

Participants must have a health background if they are not Chartered Physiotherapist, eg nurse, occupational health adviser, sports therapist.


Katherine Roberts is a Chartered Physiotherapist and has been working in the field of occupational health and ergonomics for over 15 years.  She gained an MSC in Health Ergonomics from the University of Surrey in 2002.  Kathy has her own consultancy business in the field of Occupational Health and Ergonomics.

COST: £280 for ACPOHE members, £340 for non ACPOHE members.  Lunch is not included but tea and coffee will be provided throughout the course.

VENUE and LOCATION: Guildford location, exact venue TBC

DATES and TIMES: Friday 24th January 2020  09.00 until 17.00 (registration at 08.30)  & Saturday 25th January 2020 09.00 until 16.00 (registration at 08.30)

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