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The Importance of DSE Assessments

DSE Assessments

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is a device or equipment that has an alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process involved; it includes both conventional display screens and those used in emerging technologies such as laptops, touch-screens and other similar devices.

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that employees are given the right working environment, provide relevant guidance on using their equipment safely and reduce any potential risk factors.

Park City’s DSE Assessor Training Course will help you with recognising the of hazards and risks associated with DSE, the use and arrangement of workstations to aid good posture, and the causes of harm brought about by poor posture and equipment set-up. We will provide you with everything you need to know to fall in line with regulations and keep your employees safe.

Risks for DSE Workers

Surveys have found that a high proportion of DSE workers report aches, pains or eye discomfort. These aches and pains are sometimes called upper limb disorders (ULDs), which can include a range of medical conditions such as RSI. Most of these conditions do not indicate any serious ill health, but it makes sense to avoid them as far as possible.

Employer Requirements

Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 employers are required to protect the health of employees who work with DSE. The regulations state that employers must:

  • Analyse workstations, and assess and reduce risks.
  • Employers need to look at: 
    • the whole workstation including equipment, furniture, and the work environment;
    • the job being done;
    • any special needs of individual staff; and
    • where risks are identified, take steps to reduce them.
  • Ensure workstations meet minimum requirements
  • Plan work so there are breaks or changes of activity
  • On request arrange eye tests, and provide spectacles if special ones are needed
  • Provide health and safety training and information

DSE Assessor

In order to meet your legal requirements, you need to have someone in your organisation who understands what is required. The best way to do this is to have at least one member of staff (either yourself or a responsible employee) who has been trained in the risks of using DSE and how to create a safe and comfortable workstation. A comprehensive DSE Assessor Training Course will cover everything from recognition of hazards and the causes and harm of poor posture and equipment set-up to full understanding of the regulations and what actions need to be taken.

How Park City can help

Whether it’s DSE Assessments, Working with Hazardous Materials, Workplace First Aid or Fire Safety you need help with, Park City will unload the burden of your Health & Safety ensuring your employees are safe and your legislative duties are fulfilled.

All our Health & Safety training courses are run by our own highly qualified H&S professional consultants.

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