DSE Assessment


DSE Computer Workstation Assessment

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Health and Safety

The modern working environment, including working from home, relies heavily on the use of computer display-screen equipment (DSE). Due to the common use of DSE there is a risk that this may lead to complacency about the hazards they can present.

The hazards associated with DSE work mainly relate to musculoskeletal problems, visual fatigue, and stress. It is essential that employers fulfill their legal obligations, understand the implications of DSE hazards, and manage the way they introduce and use computer workstations.

DSE Legal Requirement

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (the DSE Regulations) require employers to carry out risk assessments of workstations in order to minimise the risks to users and to train users in correct working practices. These regulations were amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 to bring them into line with minor legal and technical changes. The DSE Regulations came into force in 1993 to implement European Directive 90/270/EEC of 29 May 1990 on minimum health and safety requirements for work with DSE.

In summary, the DSE Regulations require employees to:

  • Undertake risk assessments of workstations.
  • Ensure work stations meet the minimum requirements.
  • Plan work activities so they include breaks from DSE.
  • Provide eye and eyesight tests on request and spectacles if required (for DSE use only).
  • Provide relevant information and training.

We offer flexibility in the way that DSE assessments can be undertaken by using the following methods:

  • Our Health and Safety Consultants carry out individual face-to-face DSE assessments for users by completing an assessment checklist.
  • Our consultants carry out health-related DSE assessments.
  • Computer users carry out assessments using an on line questionnaire and training.
  • Arinite consultants can visit employees working at home to carry out the assessment.
  • Alternatively homeworkers can carry out assessments by completing Arinite’s DSE Self-Assessment Form.
  • Client staff, trained as DSE Risk Assessors by Arinite, carry out individual assessments for employees.

The selection of methodology will be dependent on the client organisational and operational needs. The solution chosen may consist of a single methodology or a combination of two or more types.

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