Hi, I’m Raquel. I am a fully-qualified display screen equipment risk assessor with the British Safety Council.
After working as an editor for more than 20 years, spending long hours on the computer with no information about safe use of digital devices, I suffered a debilitating repetitive strain injury.
By the time I did anything about it, my problem was so severe, even simple actions like gripping the handle on a mug or holding a fork caused me serious pain. I had to give up computer work altogether for several years, during which time I consulted some of the leading practitioners in repetitive strain injury treatment and have gained a wealth of knowledge in this area. Now I’m keen to share what I’ve learned with others.
Before working as an editor, I trained as a professional ballet dancer. At the moment, I am studying to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique, an educational process which has proven long-term benefits for patients with chronic pain, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
In each consultation, I combine my knowledge of natural, relaxed alignment and posture with my experience of workplace environments and the pressures workers can feel to spend long hours sitting with few breaks.
Anna Glover, CMIOSH, IRM Cert
Hi, I’m Anna. I’ve been working in health and safety and risk management for more than 10 years.
During this time, I’ve seen a steady rise in the number of repetitive strain injury cases.
It’s my belief that our working practices have not kept pace with our rapidly changing technology. Since the UK’s Health and Safety Executive created its regulation for the use of display screen equipment, smartphone and tablet use has exploded.
Today, relentless use of digital devices of all shapes and sizes is contributing to an increase in discomfort and pain related to their use.
I believe if people are shown safer ways of using digital devices and their workstations, they will be able to protect themselves from repetitive strain injuries. For me, this is what health and safety is all about – enabling people to make better choices for themselves.