Display screen equipment - risk assessment

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

All employers are required by law to comply with the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992/2002.  These require that for people who use DSE for a significant part of their working day (usually deemed to be in excess of 1 hour), and are thus deemed to be “users”, employers should provide appropriate health and safety training in the correct use of the equipment, provide suitable workstation furniture, provide a suitable working environment, and undertake periodic workstation assessments.

For the purposes of the Regulations, the term “workstation” includes not just the DSE itself but also the desk, chair, lighting and working environment and “users” may include part time staff, agency staff, temporary staff and home-workers.  Appropriate records need to be kept and made available to HSE Inspectors when required.

The Regulations apply to virtually all types of DSE including that used for full-time, part-time, and occasional home-working, laptops, and to hand-held equipment such as PDA’s and includes ancillary equipment such as mice, trackballs etc.