Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with display screen equipment. 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 high risk – it isn't. However muscular skeletal problems 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.
In relation to DSE use in the home working environment, check the link below.
- Provide DSE Workstation assessments
- Provide training and infomation
- Provide an eye test if a worker asks for one
- Reduce risks, including making sure workers take breaks from DSE work or do something different
Information for DSE Assessors