Display screen equipment (DSE) assessments are not only a legal requirement - done correctly they can actually help combat the musculoskeletal disorders, reduced concentration levels and other ill-health effects that are symptomatic of time spent at poorly-designed workstations. Looking after your employees will safeguard their health and reduce absences from work.
Working safely with display screen equipment
As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. We describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.
The law applies if users are, for example:
- at a fixed workstation
- mobile workers
- home workers
- hot-desking (workers should carry out a basic risk assessment if they change desks regularly)
- do a DSE workstation assessment
- reduce risks, including making sure workers take breaks from DSE work or do something different
- provide an eye test if a worker asks for one
- provide training and information for workers
Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious.
You can find detailed advice on the regulations in Work with display screen equipment on the HSE website http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/dse/
What is a DSE Compliant Workstation Assessment?
Our DSE Compliant Assessment will let you know whether your DSE workstations meet the legal requirements laid out in The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.
It’s important for workstations to comply with the regulations - not only to fulfil legal obligations, but to help employees work effectively by preventing costly and debilitating health problems.
We’ll send one of our assessors to carry out a check of the areas outlined in the regulations. The aim is to get your workstations to comply with the regulations- not just to tick legislative boxes, but to make sure your employees feel comfortable and are able to be productive while they work.
Who is the DSE Compliant Workstation Assessment for?
The DSE Compliant Assessment is for everyone in your company who uses display screen equipment at the same workstation habitually. We can all be at risk of health issues caused by using screens for long periods of time, and it is the duty of all employers to reduce any risks identified.
What happens in a DSE Compliant Workstation Assessment?
Your DSE Compliant Assessment will be carried out by a member of our assessment team who will come to your premises at a convenient time for you. Our assessor has a degree in physiotherapy and is highly experience in this area of work.
The assessor will undertake the assessment at the workstation observing the employees working posture and asking questions relating to how they work and any problems they may have. If any adjustments can be made to improve the set up these will be carried out in consultation with the employee during the assessment. Following the assessment, a completed DSE assessment form highlighting any areas of non-compliance or concern and providing recommendations will be submitted to you the employer.