Workstation assessor forum: products, tools and talks to enhance your skills

London | Thursday 26 March 2020, 9am - 2pm

The Law Society, The Reading Room, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL


Do you carry out DSE assessments as part of your role? We’re inviting you to take some time out of your day to drop into our free community meet-up in London, involving educational talks, lunch and refreshments, networking opportunities and a really useful chance to see and try out a huge variety of ergonomic products.

This is a great opportunity to meet up with other physios, chiropractors, osteopaths, occupational health professionals and anyone else who carries out DSE assessments as part of their role. We’ll be hosting talks throughout the day to help towards your professional development, and you’ll also get the chance to learn about and try the products and tools designed to help people work comfortably and healthily at their workstations.

We know it can be difficult to find time for professional development, which is why we’ve designed this event to be as informal and flexible as possible. Simply turn up at any time between 9 am and 2 pm to see what’s going on.

What to expect on the day

  • Drop-in 15-20 minute expert presentations throughout the day
  • All-day refreshments and lunch
  • Networking with other DSE assessors
  • Product stations - learn about and try out ergonomic products available
  • Meet our team
  • Find out how we can support you

Speaker sessions

10:00: Discover our exclusive new state of the art delivery and installation service

Posturite has listened to customer feedback and developed a market leading delivery and installation process.

John Stevenson, the project manager, will walk you through the complex journey from a traditional ergonomic delivery process to the new unique experience that Posturite offers its customers. This includes an advanced online booking process, choice of delivery times and professional product delivery and assembly to the customer’s place of work. An ergonomic fit process is matched with a triage aftercare service to ensure the highest levels of customer service. A fantastic new service from Posturite and a fascinating transformation journey to provide a unique customer experience.

Speaker: John Stevenson, EMC

Bio: John, a commercially-focused general manager, is a pharmacist by first degree, holds an MBA and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He spent the early part of his career in pharmaceuticals and healthcare, later moving into senior management with companies involved in the manufacture and sales of sophisticated fire protection products for the construction, oil and gas, and marine industries. He has run manufacturing and sales organisations across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, enjoying significant success supplying large construction infrastructure projects and pan-European deals to healthcare companies. He has headed £50-£100m SME divisions for multinationals including Cape, Etex, Rexam, Akzo Nobel and Pfizer, and managed businesses in France, Germany and Italy, as well as having extensive operational success in the Middle East.

11:00: Cognitive benefits of sit stand working

In this session Professor Walsh will present research conducted on the effects of using Oploft (sit stand platform) over the working week. The research measured cognitive performance in office workers during periods of using the Oploft versus sitting at their normal desk. Performance gains were seen on tests of concentration, decision making, and judgement.

The basis of the trial was that whilst the physical benefits of being less sedentary are widely recognised - such as a decreased risk of musculoskeletal disorders, obesity, diabetes etc – the effects on productivity levels had not.

Professor Walsh will explain how the trial was undertaken and the results of the trial. He will also discuss the implications of this study on workplace practises and design.

Speaker: Professor Vincent Walsh, UCL

Bio: Vincent Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. He specialises in perception and memory and is currently researching lifelong learning and plasticity using behavioural, brain imaging and human brain stimulation methods. He obtained a PhD in Visual Neuroscience from Manchester before spending 10 years in Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

11:30: Break out discussion with Professor Vincent Walsh

12:15: New dimensional standard for office chairs and what this means for you

In this talk, FIRA’s head ergonomist will discuss upcoming office chair standard changes, and what they really mean.

Long overdue, extensively revised standard EN 1335-1 for the determination of dimensions of office work chairs will be published in March 2020. A twenty-year-old standard will finally be replaced by a new standard addressing seating needs of today’s workplaces and users.

FIRA’s Levent Çaglar, renowned for providing independent and practical ergonomics solutions, will discuss the key features of the new standard, explain how leaving the EU may affect standards, and explore the other implications of the new standard in an office environment.

Speaker: Levent Caglar, FIRA

Bio: Levent Çaglar is the Head of Ergonomics Department at FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) International. He has been practising ergonomics at FIRA for over twenty years. He is an expert on the European Directives and UK legislation concerning health and safety ergonomics. He is also the Principal UK ergonomics expert on European (CEN) and international (ISO) standards committees, which are responsible for producing ergonomics standards for educational, office, contract and domestic furniture. He is the chairman of the both European and British committee for furniture for educational institutions.

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