Display screen equipment (DSE)

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 computer display screens and those used in technologies such as laptops, monitors, TV’s, projection equipment, touch-screens and other similar devices.

Whatever your place of work is, be it from office, home, remote location or hot desk, a professional workstation assessment should be a must for you.  Safety and Health provide a dynamic, cost effective Display Screen Risk Assessment service across the South of England.


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Computer workstations or equipment can be associated with neck, shoulder, back or arm pain, as well as with fatigue and eyestrain.

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 the more commonly known repetetive strain injury (RSI). Most of these conditions do not indicate any serious ill health, but it makes sense to avoid them as far as possible.

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with DSE. The Regulations were introduced because DSE has become one of the most common kinds of work equipment.


That doesn’t mean that DSE work is risky – it isn’t. Work Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs) can be avoided if users follow effective practice, set up their workstations properly and take breaks during prolonged use. By just taking a few simple precautions, work with DSE can be more comfortable and productive. We can assist you in this process and carry out assessments should you deem them necessary.


What we do

Focusing on not just how you sit at your desk, but how you interact with it. The DSE Assessment will look at how you sit, the suitability of your chair, desk, monitor and equipment you use during your work. It will also look at the environment you work in including, lighting and noise.  All these factors combined and assessed correctly will help to minimise the potential risks associated with long term display screen use, including back, neck and shoulder pain, sore and tired eyes, headaches, leg, arm discomfort and importantly, upper limb disorders.

The assessment will take place at your place of work at a time that suits you best.  This can include evenings or weekends, at your office or at home if you work from there regularly.  Once completed a full report is produced and highlights the best way forward to help alleviate any issues identified.  A further summary sheet is also provided for HR/Personnel staff to see at a glance what actions if any need to be taken.

Whether you have a small office, a one off individual or several hundred employees, Safety and Health can help your organisation to promote a safer working environment and one that complies fully with the relevant HSE guidelines.

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