DSE Assessment & Detailed Report

What is it and why is it required?

There are many health problems associated with Display Screen Equipment (DSE – often referred to as VDU work). These include: upper limb disorders and repetitive strain injuries (RSI), such as pains in the neck, arms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers, backache, fatigue and stress, temporary eye strain and headaches.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 require employers to undertake a number of actions to reduce the health impacts of DSE. These include:

  • checking workstations to assess and reduce risks;
  • ensuring workstations meet specified minimum requirements;
  • planning work activities so that they include breaks or changes of activity; and
  • providing information and training.

A DSE assessment helps identify individual user needs and workstation requirements to help eliminate ‘Work Related Upper Limb Disorders’ (WRULDs).

What are the benefits?

The DSE assessment is designed to provide advice and guidance on a number of issues including demonstrating to the DSE user:

  • the risks from DSE work;
  • the importance of good posture and changing position;
  • how to adjust furniture to help avoid risks;
  • organising the workplace to avoid awkward or frequently repeated stretching movements;
  • avoiding reflections and glare on or around the screen;
  • organising work for activity changes or breaks if necessary; and
  • who to contact for help and to report problems or symptoms.

The DSE Assessment and Report are designed to reduce the risk of DSE-related health impacts for the individual such as repetitive strain injuries, upper limb disorders, stress and eye strain.

Business benefits include reduced employee absence, improved employee motivation, and peace of mind that legal obligations are met.

How can the S2 Partnership help?

One of our highly-qualified and experienced health and safety consultants will carry out an in-depth, one-to-one DSE assessment with the DSE user to provide an assessment of their individual needs and requirements including:

  • the importance of good posture and changing position;
  • how to adjust furniture to help avoid risks;
  • organising the workplace to avoid awkward or frequently repeated stretching movements;
  • avoiding reflections and glare on or around the screen;
  • adjusting and cleaning the screen and mouse;
  • organising work for activity changes or breaks if necessary; and
  • who to contact for help and to report problems or symptoms.

Our consultant will be able to identify the less obvious hazards, draw conclusions from in-depth assessments and identify steps to reduce risks. Our consultant will also provide a detailed, confidential report for improvement, based on a risk target approach.

Please contact us for more information.