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Working with display screen equipment (DSE)

What is DSE?

DSE are devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and includes display screens, laptops, touch screens and other similar devices.

What are the health risks with DSE?

Some workers may experience fatigue, eye strain, upper limb problems and backache from overuse or improper use of DSE. These problems can also be experienced from poorly designed workstations or work environments. The causes may not always be obvious and can be due to a combination of factors.

Workplaces where employees are involved in taking decisions about health and safety are safer and healthier. Collaboration with your employees helps you to manage the potential health problems associated with DSE in a practical way

Display Screen Equipment FAQ's

How to control the risk

As an employer, you need to assess the risks associated with using DSE equipment and any special needs of individual staff. You may find the DSE workstation checklist (see ‘Further information’) helpful. This gives practical guidance on workstation assessments and is designed to encourage users to take an active part. If users are suitably trained, they can fill in the checklist themselves. You should use your assessment to decide what needs to be done and check that action is taken. Make a record of your significant findings. Any record you produce should be simple and focused on controls. If you have fewer than five employees, you do not have to write anything down. But it is useful to do this, so you can review it at a later date, for example if something changes. If you have five or more employees, you are required by law to write it down. Few workplaces stay the same, so it makes sense to review what you are doing on an ongoing basis. The risks from DSE can be controlled using the following straightforward, low-cost controls

DSE user training

You must provide information, instruction and health and safety training to users to help them identify risks and safe work practices. When training users, consider explaining: ■ the risks from DSE work and the controls you have put in place; ■ how to adjust furniture; ■ how to organise the workplace to avoid awkward or frequently repeated stretching movements; ■ how to clean the screen and mouse; ■ who to contact for help and to report problems or symptoms; ■ how to use the Display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist (see ‘Further information’) if users are going to make their own assessment. You may need to retrain users if you make significant changes to workstations.

Providing eye tests and any necessary spectacles for DSE work

There is no evidence to suggest that DSE work will cause permanent damage to eyes or eyesight. Eye tests are provided to ensure users can comfortably see the screen and work effectively without visual fatigue. If a user or a potential user requests an eye test you are required to provide one. If the test shows that the user needs glasses specifically for DSE work, you must pay for a basic pair of frames and lenses. Eye tests are not an entitlement for the selfemployed. Users are entitled to further tests if DSE work is considered to cause them visual fatigue and at regular intervals after the first test. The arrangements you make to provide eye and eyesight tests can vary. For example, some employers let users arrange tests for themselves (and give the employer the bill); others prefer to send all their staff to be tested by one optician.

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