Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 2003
Display Screen Equipment
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (amended 2002) apply to all display screen equipment (DSE) – computer screens.
The main provisions are as follows:
1. Employers must carry out a risk assessment of workstations used by employees to reduce any identified risks.
2. Employers must ensure that employees take regular and adequate breaks from looking at their screens.
3. Employees are entitled to ask their employer to pay for yearly eye tests. To avoid possible future litigation employers should make their employees aware of this right. A “competent person” must carry out any eye test – this means a qualified optician. It is advisable for an employer to keep written records of who receives free eye tests, the dates and costs of the tests. Most opticians can provide individual reminders every year of when an employee’s eye test is due.
4. Employers must provide their computer users with adequate health and safety training for any workstation they work at. This entails showing employees how to properly adjust their chairs and desks (if adjustable) and the correct way to sit and work at their workstations.
The main problems encountered in using workstations are:
1. Tiredness caused by poorly designed or adjusted workstations.
2. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome.
3. Eye strain leading to headaches, fatigue and sore eyes.
These problems are preventable when using properly adjusted equipment and having and implementing a proper policy.
Allowing these problems to go uncorrected can quickly lead to reduced productivity and increased staff absence due to injury. In serious cases, this can (and does) lead to claims against employers.
Fact: Up to 4,000,000 working days are lost per year as a result of upper limb disorders.
Assessments allow us to evaluate the situation in its entirety, from the position of sitting to where the arms rest. From the information collected and analysed, we can provide solutions to minimise the risk of employees suffering from upper repetitive limb, neck or spine injury.