What is DSE?
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is a device or equipment that has a display screen, often referred to as Visual Display Units (VDU’s), it includes both conventional display screens and those used in emerging technologies such as Personal Computers, Laptops and Tablets. Workers who regularly use DSE for a significant part of their normal working day are known as DSE users.
Employers have a legal obligation under Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure the health and safety of employees at work and assess and reduce potential risks. Employers also have duties under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 to ensure workstations meet minimum requirements, plan work so there are breaks or changes of activity, provide eye tests on request, and provide health and safety training and information for those working with computers and similar equipment. More and more people are spending time working from home. If that work involves the use of DSE employers should make sure that a risk assessment is carried out for the DSE work station used at home.
Employers and employees can be completely unaware of the impact on health that a poorly arranged work station can have, and many work-related upper limb disorders can be attributed to this. Conditions can be both short and long term however, in most cases, cause a lot of avoidable pain, discomfort and stress.
Granite Occupational Health
At Granite OH all hazards associated with DSE work stations will be fully assessed at the time of appointment with advice given to the employee and a full report produced for the employer highlighting any advised changes to the workstation.
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