28-29 March 2019 - Office Workstation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 1


Course Aims/ Summary

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occpuational 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 on the 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 remdial measures
  • Advise a computer user on correct workstation set up and work behaviours
  • Carry out a comprehensive 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 Physiotherapists, 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 currently has her own consultancy business in the field of Occupational Health and Ergonomics.

COST: £300 for ACPOHE members, £360 for non ACPOHE members

Lunch is not included but tea and coffee will be provided throughout the course.

VENUE AND LOCATION: Faculty of Occupational Medicine, 2 Lovibond Lane, LONDON SE10 9FY

Getting to the FOM - We are a 2-minute walk from Greenwich station, which is serviced by DLR and National Rail trains.

  • If exiting the station via DLR and National Rail platforms, turn left under the bridge and take the first right onto Lovibond Lane, FOM is on the right at the far end of the street, just past the gym
  • If exiting through the station building, turn right onto Greenwich High Road and take the second right, just after Davy's wine bar, and then the first left onto Lovibond Lane.

Greenwich is 10 minutes from Canary Wharf and 20 minutes from Bank and stratford via the DLR.

For more information on the best route to take from your preferred London station to Lovibond Lane please see the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Please note that there is no parking at the FOM office.

DATES AND TIMES: Thursday 28th March 2019  09.00 until 17.00 (registration at 08.45) and Friday 29th March 2019  09.00 until 16.00

CONFIRMATION DATE: 14th February 2019