Grow Training Newsletter May 2021

Grow Training Newsletter May 2021

Grow Training Newsletter May 2021This month in our Grow Training Newsletter we are featuring the challenges of working from home. As working from home is now the new norm and with the country slowly reopening and people transitioning back to the workplace. We are finding that people are now looking to stay working from home. It was reported in the Irish examiner back in Feb 2021 “that at least two in five Irish workers are in no mind to return to an office after the Covid-19 pandemic ends, while half want at least some form of remote working in the future”.

With a home-office setup they can be less than ideal with poor work-space, with the kitchen chair, the desk that’s too tall or small and the cramped laptop keyboard, have all become literally a pain in the neck oh.. yeah and shoulders and back and elsewhere.
Employers have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of all workers and that includes working remotely from home.
Therefore working remotely requires management and coordination to ensure employees are not put at risk and adequately protected from longer-term health and safety hazards or other issues that can emerge. Employers need to now look closer at how
best to prepare for remote working to support the wellbeing of employees.

Employees who spend longer than 1 hour at a computer screen, a VDU / DSE Assessment must be performed on all computer workstations. To stay compliant with the 2007 General Application Regulations the assessment looks at the ergonomic suitability of
the workstation, work equipment and surrounding environment. Experts agree that an ergonomic workstation, one that supports your body in a neutral position can reduce the risk of discomfort or pain caused to our bodies. This means: Your neck isn’t bent down or up and your back is in an upright position, your arms aren’t lifted or extended out, your wrists and hands aren’t bent up, and your spine isn’t twisted. The workstation fits the worker, not the other way around and a ergonomic workstation will help you sit comfortably at a computer for even long periods of time. But its very important you should still remember to take breaks and move every hour at least.

Give us a call for more details At Grow Training. We continue to work with you to ensure a safe and compliant return or in most cases continued work for you and your staff. As always, we are committed to providing you with excellent service and if you need any help, support or refresher courses contact us on or 0834014242.

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Workplace Assessment by GROW Training

What is Workplace Assessment and why its required?

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At GROW Training, we help our clients establish a risk-free working environment.  Our expert accessors identify and advise on suitable duties while implementing preventive actions to solve common problems helping prevent injury and reducing operational costs.

A workplace risk assessment is a specialised service aimed at observing, evaluating and reporting on the physical, environmental and ergonomic requirements of your employee’s duties. During a session, using our Workplace Risk Assessment Template a wide range of data about the participant is collected and analysed to develop an idea about their wellbeing and overall health.

Why do you need a workplace assessment –

• Visual Display Unit (VDU) or Display Screen Assessments (DSE) Assessments are required under the 2007 General Application Regulations.
• VDU / DSE Assessments must be undertaken on all computer workstations where an employee will spend longer than 1 continuous hour per day on average or are basically habitual users of VDU / DSE equipment.
• The purpose of the VDU / DSE Assessment is to assess the ergonomic suitability of the workstation, work equipment and surrounding environment and its compliance with the 2007 General Application Regulations.
• The VDU / DSE User should be put first as every person is different and different adjustments may be required at each workstation due to the comfort and preferences of each user.

Full requirements and a Q&A from the HSA HERE

Conducting a workplace assessment

These are normally conducted on an entire workplace, however with Covid restrictions we access individual workplaces in the home. All employees, regardless of the industry, are prone to some level of work-related risks. Minor injuries can include back pains, strain injuries, stress and migraines. To improve workplace productivity, workplace wellness assessments are conducted and discussions with clients are held to determine if any persistent problems exist.
The sessions are currently taking place over zoom. Mostly it takes from 30 minutes. After an assessment, complete assessment reports are prepared, and you are issued recommendations to improve organisational health.

Benefits of a workplace assessment

All businesses are now required by law to ensure that all employees are assessed. However, the main aim is to create a workplace environment that does not interfere with employee performance.

A healthier and happier workforce Currently many employees are work from home with makeshift desks and chairs ect. our assessment can help ascertain the most suitable environment for them to be carrying out their daily duties. Through the evaluation, management can appropriately equip the work area for these employees, especially workers with disabilities.

Minimise workplace risks

A comprehensive workplace assessment will reduce the problems that predispose workers to injuries. This is achieved through the identification of the causal factors and the implementation of the appropriate prevention measures.
Eliminating persistent issues in situations where an organisation is faced with a persistent problem, an assessment can help discover the root cause. Signs of a problem include employee complaints and lack of motivation. A thorough workplace assessment can go a step further and eliminate problems before developing into a major concern.

We can Help you

To contact GROW Training to discuss how we can carry out Workplace Assessments for your company call Deborah on 083 401 4242 or email

Full Contact information here

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Health & Safety in the Home Workplace

Due to Covid 19 we are find ourselves working remotely / working from home more, and I am sure you may agree that this is a balancing act of another level.  We must be so aware of Health and Safety in the Home Workplace. What is fascinating is how aware we are when we are at home of keeping our surroundings in order and safe.

We are juggling multiple tasks such as watching the children and amusing them while trying to work, or remembering to take proper breaks, keeping up with all the housework (which tends to be getting bigger than usual the more we stay at home) and remembering to eat and shower and dress in normal clothes and not our lounge wear on top of getting the equivalent of an 8 hour work day in. Our days may appear longer or shorter working from home.

Setting up a work space can have its challenges

Such as finding a quiet space, ensuring the WIFI is strong and that you have a nice table and comfortable chair to work. You want to ensure your zoom calls don’t freeze or the children or family pets don’t come in on an important meeting! I’m sure this has happened to the majority of us working from home. For some of us, we tend to work where there is light and easy access to the kettle. The kitchen it is! You set this up and it looks great and is working well until you start to look around while you are trying to figure a solution to a work-related matter and you spot issues.  That wire is hanging a little bit too low there, what if the children start messing at it? I don’t fancy a trip to the children’s hospital today, I’ve loads of work on.

You stand up and you think, ooh I was sitting for way too long, and I need to stretch and feel that niggle in the body.  Your sitting at the table with a sandwich and a cup of tea and you accidentally spill it on your notes and have to start at the beginning again. Before you know it, you are calling electricians in which we are charged for before they step foot into our home, re-arranging your workspace as the kitchen is now not appropriate for work but it is for eating and lunch times & buying new ergonomic appropriate chairs. There is a huge financial strain here, just to work from home but it has to be done.

What we are unconsciously doing is risk assessments on health & Safety in the workplace! Which at present is our own home. The realisation that “actually having the right chair & sitting upright is a health & safety matter” making sure I don’t suffer with back issues. Ensuring there are no slip, trip and falls issues reduces the fear of an unsafe environment.  If you are not up to speed on Health and Safety check out our Training Courses HERE

Knowing Occupational first aid is important in case you are faced with an electrical burn or electrical shock from loose wires and overloaded sockets to give the right treatment as a first aider. This is all Health & safety in the workplace. We should never take chances or leave these work-related matters on “the long finger”!

I have now found a new appreciation for Health & Safety in the work place and realise not only the cost but the implications on both implementing safe measures and the repercussions of ignoring them. This can be minor or fatal! From assessing the work station, to knowing first aid to the importance of eating so we do not feel fatigue, all supports maintaining good health & safety procedures in the workplace whether it be at home or in the office.

This is important whether your working space is your kitchen or the office itself. Do not under estimate the importance of Health & Safety in the work place. If you are not sure how to do this, get some training and up skill. Follow the 4 R’s.

  • Risk Assess
  • Retrain if necessary
  • Report
  • Rectify

Some courses yo might find benificial –

  • Introduction to Personal Safety for Lone Workers Click HERE
  • Display Screen Equipment Awareness Click HERE
  • Workplace Health and Safety Click HERE

Stay Safe!

Jenn Regan


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