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What is a DSE Assessment?

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DSE Assessments

The safety of employees is a vital aspect of every employer’s responsibility, and for a large percentage of office workers that will include display screens and related workstation regulations.  

A DSE assessment is an assessment of such workstation and stands for display screen equipment (DSE). DSE assessments were introduced to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.  

These assessments are needed for any employee who uses display screen equipment as part of their role, and are sometimes referred to as DSE Self-Assessments, Workstation assessments or VDU (Visual Display Unit) Assessments. Display Screen Equipment (DSE), is essentially a screen that displays information, but the most common are display monitors, laptops, tablets and smartphones. 

DSE Assessment will look at a number of things in your workstation’s proxmity and evaluate the layout and equipment, including keyboard, mouse, display screens, furniture (chair and desk) as well as the surrounding environment.  

It is important to note that a DSE assessment is extremely important, and not just a tick box exercise. Incorrectly set up  or messy workstations could result in neck, shoulder and back pain, in addition to eyestrain. This is why DSE assessments are highly important in order to minimise this risk.  

Under the Health and Safety Regulations 1992, anyone that uses DSE for one hour or more each day must do so while adhering to the requirements outlines. As an employer, you must protect your employees from the potential health risks and ensure that staff carry out their assessments.  

When carrying out this type of assessment, the assessor will look for the following:  

  • Posture: Advice provided on correct posture and good work practices.  
  • Chair: Adjusted to meet your specific physical requirements in order to reduce strain. 
  • Display Screen: Analysis into screen height, position and suitability will be checked. The assessor will also give advice on brightness and contrast settings etc.  
  • Keyboard/Mouse: Checking for correct suitability.  
  • Desk: Ensuring the height, space and desk management is addressed and advice offered on how to improve.  
  • Eyesight: Issues regarding screen text size and the like are also assessed.  
  • Environment: The assessor will check heating, ventilation, cabling, glare, and a clear access to the workstation.  
  • Laptop/PC: Advice on the best practice and safe use, using the correct accessories given.

Why Do I Need a DSE Assessment? 

DSE Assessments are needed to comply with current UK legislation and to protect the wellbeing of your workforce. 
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 require a DSE assessment when: 

  • A new user starts work. 
  • A workstation is set-up. 
  • An existing workstation is changed.

We can carry out DSE assessments for anyone that you have identified as users or operators under these regulations. 

For more information on DSE Assessments, contact our team here.