All employers have a duty to protect employees from the health risks associated with working with display screen equipment (DSE) such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations only apply to workers who use DSE on a daily basis for at least an hour at a time – these workers are referred to as ‘DSE users’. The regulations do not apply to any employees who use DSE on an infrequent basis or only for short periods of time.
The regulations apply if DSE users are:
If your employees include ‘DSE users’, then by law the business must:
The incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workspaces/work environments can result in pain in the shoulders, neck, back, arm, wrists and hands as well as eye strain, headaches and fatigue.
To help businesses complete a DSE assessment, we have developed a DSE Self-Assessment Form which you can download by clicking the link below:
The Self-Assessment Form includes a checklist for ensuring workstations are correctly set-up, helping you assess: