Display Screen Equipment Assessments

Work related injuries or sickness cost both employees and organisations a significant amount of money every year. A proactive approach towards employee health and wellbeing will reduce both personal and financial costs. In the UK the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, provide a good framework for employees who regularly work at a computer workstation.
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A display screen equipment assessment contributes to creating better workplace satisfaction and daily life for employees

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Who needs a DSE assessment?

All UK employers must provide a DSE assessment for workers who use a computer for more than an hour at a time. These workers are known as DSE workers. If you employ DSE workers you must conduct a risk assessment around the employee’s computer workstation, make sure that any specific needs are addressed, ensure that the DSE worker understands how to use their equipment correctly and provide to eye tests for them on request. If you are a DSE worker yourself, you’re entitled to an assessment when you start a new job, or if you’re expected to move to a new workstation within your current role.

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What is a DSE Assessment?

Long term use of a computer can cause fatigue, eye strain, upper limb disorders and backache, especially if the workstation is badly designed or incorrectly used. A DSE consultation will look at all aspects of the workstation including desk and chair setup, monitor positioning, and keyboard and mouse use. As well as identifying any issues which may lead to poor posture or repetitive strain risks, the assessment will also recommend modifications to a setup and new equipment where relevant.

Working with display screen equipment (DSE) guide from the Health & Safety Executive will give you all the details you need to know about making sure DSE workers needs are met.

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The Business Benefits

A DSE Assessment ensures that an employer meets current regulations, but also benefits businesses in a number of other ways. As well as reducing possible sick leave and associated costs, an ergonomic workstation can relieve pre-existing pain and discomfort and also reduces the risk of new upper limb disorders occurring. A properly conducted DSE assessment improves health, morale and productivity. It also reduces business administration costs and the risk of compensation claims for injuries sustained because of work.

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What changes will a DSE Assessment require?

In order to recognise the scope of this task, it is important that the company maps the sick leave in its organisation, using both statistics and conversations with the employees, including those who have taken sick leave or are on sick leave, and those who haven’t been on sick leave. This can provide an understanding and an insight that are vital in defining focus areas and responsibilities. It is also important to address set defined plans for employees who are already on sick leave when working with sick leave in your workplace assessment.

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