DSE stands for Display Screen Equipment, but don’t be fooled it’s not just the equipment set up and how you use it, it’s also about the environment you work in and your health and well-being.
A DSE risk assessment is undertaken by an Assessor who can identify areas that are not compliant with regulations, and or suggest tweaks for the person to make improvements and provide a report with recommendations.
Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists, and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious and an expert eye can highlight areas to improve your posture and comfort.
Why have a DSE Risk Assessment?
- It provides gentle reminders of up-to-date best practices and an objective review of your current setup as this is difficult to fully assess yourself.
- The DSE RA is carried out by a trained professional.
- The adjustments provide solutions to reduce aches and pains and increase comfort.
- It shows that an employer cares about your health and safety and the impacts of your daily work. A display screen risk assessment demonstrates that an employer is committed to the health and safety of its employees. This can help build trust and loyalty among employees, which can have a positive impact on the organization as a whole.
- Once you have the correct position and environment, you will be able to maintain a good posture and alleviate and improve niggles, fatigue and problems.
- Depending on the country or region, there may be regulations in place that require employers to conduct display screen risk assessments.
- Addressing ergonomic issues can also help improve productivity. Employees who are comfortable and pain-free are more likely to be focused and productive, leading to better work quality and output.
- By identifying and addressing ergonomic issues through a display screen risk assessment, employers can reduce the risk of work-related injuries and illnesses, which can result in reduced absenteeism, lower workers’ compensation costs, and increased productivity.
It is not easy to assess your own position and make changes. Most people know that their setup isn’t right which is why they suffer ongoing niggles but they do not do anything about it. Don’t be that person
Overall, a display screen risk assessment is an important tool for promoting the health and safety of employees, improving productivity, and reducing costs for employers.
Remember that many niggles can be sorted out by minor tweaks to your desk setup and don’t always cost the earth. Sometimes it’s a case of small changes making that most important difference.
Here are some links to the HSE guidance for display screen equipment
If after reading the above and my DSE information on my website, you have any questions or would like to chat further about how I can support you and your staff in carrying out these assessments for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch