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What is DSE Assessment?

DSE Assessment (Display Screen Equipment Assessment) is an assessment of the workstation of individuals who use display screen equipment (DSE) regularly as part of their work.


Here is an overview of what DSE assessments entail:


What is the purpose of DSE Assessments?

  1. Health and Safety Compliance: Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations related to DSE use (the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations).

  2. Risk Management: Identify and mitigate risks associated with prolonged use of DSE, such as musculoskeletal disorders, eye strain, and stress-related issues.

  3. Employee Well-being: Promote the well-being and comfort of employees by optimizing their workstation ergonomics and reducing potential health hazards.


What are components of DSE Assessments?

  1. Workstation Evaluation

  • Desk Setup: Assess the layout and organisation of the workstation, including desk height, chair adjustment, and placement of DSE equipment (monitor, keyboard, mouse).

  • Lighting: Evaluate the lighting conditions to minimise glare and ensure adequate illumination of the workspace.

  • Environment: Consider environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and noise levels that may impact user comfort and productivity.

  1. User Interaction with DSE

  • Screen Position: Check the positioning of the computer screen to reduce eye strain and encourage proper posture (e.g., at eye level and an arm's length away).

  • Keyboard and Mouse: Assess the positioning and use of the keyboard and mouse to support ergonomic typing and navigation.

  • Document Holders: Evaluate the use of document holders to maintain a neutral neck position while referencing documents.

  1. Individual Needs and Adjustments

  • Employee Health: Consider any specific health conditions or disabilities that may require ergonomic adjustments or accommodations.

  • Training and Awareness: Provide training and guidance to employees on best practices for DSE use, posture, and regular breaks to prevent fatigue.

  1. Risk Assessment and Action Plan

  • Identify Hazards: Identify potential risks associated with DSE use through observation, employee feedback, and ergonomic assessments.

  • Mitigation Strategies: Develop and implement control measures to mitigate identified risks, such as ergonomic equipment adjustments, workstation modifications, or scheduling breaks.

  1. Monitoring and Review

  • Ongoing Evaluation: Monitor the effectiveness of implemented measures through regular reviews and feedback from employees.

  • Adaptation: Adjust DSE assessments and ergonomic interventions as needed based on changing work conditions, new equipment, or employee health concerns.


Remember that home workers are also covered by the requirement of conducting DSE assessments!


What are benefits of DSE Assessments?

  • Health and Well-being: Improve employee comfort, reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, and enhance overall well-being and job satisfaction.

  • Productivity: Optimise workstation ergonomics to enhance productivity and concentration by minimising distractions and discomfort.

  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with legal requirements and regulatory standards related to workplace health and safety.

  • Cost Savings: Reduce absenteeism due to work-related injuries and health issues, leading to potential cost savings for the organization.


DSE assessments are essential for creating a safe, healthy, and ergonomic work environment for employees who use display screen equipment extensively. By conducting thorough assessments, organisations can promote employee well-being, compliance with health and safety regulations, and overall productivity in the workplace.


How can we help? Sustainable EHS Consulting can help your organisation in assessing risk and conducting DSE assessments.



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