New Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessor Training Module now available:

The NHSF are delighted to announce the launch of a new online training module specifically designed for DSE Assessors which is now available on HSElanD.  The aim of this training module is to equip Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessors with the knowledge and skills to carry out a basic DSE risk assessment.

To be considered competent as a DSE Assessors (HSE manager/employee) must complete all the following HSElanD modules;

It is also recommended that managers (assessors) attend a risk assessment workshop to help reinforce competency around the risk assessment process.


This is a topic commonly referred to the national health & safety helpdesk where staff have queries on entitlements, risk assessments and on workstation ergonomics. As a follow-up to the release of the Safety Alert 008:00, “Use of Display Screen Equipment” and to address these and other queries, the NHSF developed a targeted campaign titled “Get Up and Move”.  This campaign seeks to reduce the potential harm to DSE workers by raising awareness of the sources of risk.  

The NHSF have developed a suite of supporting documentation and resources (see below) to enable managers and employees to be better informed of and ensure the safe use of DSE.  In addition an online training module specifically for DSE Assessors is now available on HSElanD.  The aim of this training module is to equip Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessors with the knowledge and skills to carry out a basic DSE risk assessment.

To be considered competent as a DSE Assessors (HSE manager/employee) must complete all the following HSElanD modules;

 •        Managing Health and Safety In The Healthcare Setting (Grade V and above)

•         Display Screen Equipment – User/Awareness Module

•         Display Screen Equipment – Assessor Module

It is also recommended that managers (assessors) attend a risk assessment workshop to help reinforce competency around the risk assessment process.

The use of the information resources developed for this campaign will further raise the awareness of potential issues with DSE work and review what must be done to reduce such risks. The DSE campaign slides can be run as a display piece in general staffing areas and/or can be used to refresh manager’s responsibilities regarding display screen equipment.


New Ergonomics Contract now available.

We are delighted to inform all services that an Ergonomic contract has been agreed and is now available.

The purpose of the Ergonomist Services is to:

  • Provide expert advice and assistance to staff experiencing ergonomic difficulties in their work environments.
  • Provide recommendations around problem solving, risk assessing, utilisation and where necessary the procurement of ergonomic equipment
  • Provide ergonomic training in setting up work stations/ work systems
  • Provide comprehensive assessments and reports on the findings that are reasonable, realistic and achieve the desired result.

This existing risk assessment process of the HSE must be completed before consideration to engage the services of the Ergonomist. Manager approval will be required as costs will be borne by the engaging service.

For more information see: Fast Fact Ergonomics

New Chemical Safety eLearning Programme “Managing Health and Safety in Healthcare: Chemical Agent Hazards” is now available at HSElanD.

We are delighted to launch this introductory course developed by the Health and Safety Authority. The course provides information on the identification and risk assessment of chemicals in the workplace. This course will take approximately 40-60 mins to complete and is available at The course is for managers, staff and health and safety representatives.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • identify chemical agent hazards that exist in the healthcare environment
  • identify ways in which healthcare employees are exposed to chemical agents in the workplace
  • outline the steps involved in a chemical risk assessment
  • describe measures used to safeguard healthcare employees from the effects of hazardous chemicals

Specialised training may be required in respect of certain chemicals and work processes, which should be identified through the Training Needs Assessment process by each line manager and their staff. Please see National Health and Safety Function FAQ 014:02 for further information or contact the health and safety helpdesk.

New Training Booking Process Introduced:

As part of our efforts to continually improve our services, we are pleased to announce the introduction of a new, improved and simplified booking and cancelation process for Health and Safety Courses.

Booking forms are now fully integrated into the self-service Helpdesk – simplifying the process for you. Line Managers can easily book/cancel training for individuals or groups of staff, maintain records and monitor the progress of submitted training requests.

NHSF Information Sessions:

The National Health and Safety Function provides high-quality, centralised resources that motivates, enables and empowers managers and staff to discharge their legal and moral duties with regard to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management.

We deliver support and advice to you by providing;

  • A website with a suite of resources and documentation available
  • A self-service helpdesk, which acts as a single point of contact for all your OSH requests
  • Occupational Safety and Health Policy development
  • An Audit programme

We are delivering information sessions to assist managers in implementing an effective health & safety management programme. The aim of these information sessions is to inform managers of:

  • the benefits of accessing the help desk/website
  • resources available
  • how to access the information available on the website
  • how to log a request to the help desk & explanation of the process involved
  • key topics/emerging trends to the help desk.

The information session can offer managers an opportunity to discuss any health & safety issues pertaining to their area. Should you wish to book an information session in your area (min attendance 20 managers): Please email your name, CHO/Hospital Group, job title and contact details to

European Health and Safety Campaign:

“Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” for 2016-2017 commences on the 24th of October. In Ireland and Europe the workforce is going to have to stay in employment longer. For all workers this means we must ensure that throughout our working life we remain fit, healthy and safe.

The HSE is supporting this campaign be providing relevant information and resources which can be accessed here. In summary, what you do now will influence who you are in the future, so plan your retirement, stay active and eat healthily. Click here for further information.

Great News – The Stress Management Seminars continue:

Due to the significant demand stemming from last years campaign as part of the European Safety Campaign 2015- 2016, “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress“, the HSE are pleased to announce the continuation of the Stress Management Seminars to run for a limited period.

The seminars are developed and delivered by a team of HSE professionals from specialist areas working together to provide effective information and tools to assist in the management of work related stress.

Seminars are based on the Cycle of Stress Management and provide a step by step approach to eliminate/reduce the stressors associated with this condition. For more information on the stress seminars please click here.

To reserve a place on any of the seminars please email:

  • Your name, contact number
  • Service/Work Location

To: or

New H&S E-learning training programme launched:

The National Health and Safety Function have developed an online training programme entitled “Managing Health and Safety in the Healthcare Setting”. The programme provides managers with the appropriate information and guidance on the core responsibilities and action required to implement a safety management programme within their area of remit. This programme is mandatory for managers, department heads and all those with responsibility for safety health and wellbeing within the HSE (HSE Memo; Workplace Safety and Health Management, 28th September 2016) and is available on HSELanD.

The software required to access the Managing Health and Safety in a Healthcare Setting E-Learning Programme is IE 9. Users experiencing difficulties should contact HSELanD for support by emailing To see how to access this health and safety programme please click here.

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