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DSE Assessment

DSE assessments for anyone working at a workstation, including people working at home.

Face to face or virtually, whichever you prefer.

Our 100% impartiality promise

  1. We do not own or have any interest in any furniture or accessory firms which means we guarantee we have no ulterior motive for making recommendations.
  2. None of our assessors are incentivised to recommend any products or suppliers.
  3. Wherever we can, we will reuse equipment you already have which means saving you money wherever possible.

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DSE assessment

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 protect all workers who regularly use display screen equipment.

The regulations require employers to carry out a risk assessment for each DSE user at their workstation. Our team of professional, expert assessors can do this for you.

We don’t sell furniture or office equipment so you can be sure your assessments are 100% honest and unbiased.

Call us now on 0370 118 8000 for more information.

standard DSE assessment

Standard DSE Assessments

A legal requirement for all display screen equipment users in the UK.

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Advanced DSE Assessments

For needs outside the scope a standard DSE assessment.

Assistive technology assessments for people with different needs.

Assistive Technology Assessments

For DSE users requiring specialist equipment or software.

Homeworker DSE assessment

Homeworker DSE Assessments

For homeworkers using display screen equipment in their place of work.

Online DSE Assessments

Online DSE training and self-asessment. PAYG or subsciption.

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Working safely with display screen equipment

Employers are legally bound to protect their workforce from work-related risks.

For DSE users, the regulations require employers to:

  • Carry out a DSE assessment.
  • Reduce risks by ensuring adequate breaks are taken away from looking at screens.
  • Provide a yearly eye test with a qualified optician if one is requested by an employee.
  • Ensure proper health and safety training is provided to be able to work comfortably and safely. For DSE users, this includes showing them how to adjust their chair, sit properly and arrange their workstation appropriately to avoid injury, stress or fatigue.

What is a DSE Assessment?

It is a risk assessment of the display screen equipment (also known as workstation or VDU assessment) for a DSE user.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 require an assessment of their workstation when changes are made for instance:

  • A new user starts work workstation is set-up
  • An existing workstation is changed

As well as complying with the law, ensuring a well-organised work area and good posture significantly reduces the risk of developing health problems.

Who needs a DSE assessment?

Anyone who uses display screen equipment daily for more than an hour at a time is considered a DSE user and therefore is required by law to have an assessment.

The law applies to smartphones, laptops, tablets, hot-desking, people working away from the office (mobile workers), homeworkers.

What if I am already in pain?

Some people have more complex issues such as an existing medical condition, musculoskeletal disorder or chronic pain. If this is the case, we recommend an Advanced DSE Assessment carried out by one of our practising physiotherapists.

What about DSE users who have special requirements or additional needs?

We have extensive experience in working with people with disabilities. If specialist equipment is required for a DSE user with a disability or a condition requiring specific equipment, then we recommend an Assistive Technology Assessment with one of our specialists.

Does the law also apply to homeworkers?

People who work from home are also covered by the law. Employers have a legal duty to do what is reasonably practicable to ensure risks for that person, while they are working, are properly managed.  Therefore, homeworkers who routinely use a workstation as part of their work need to have a DSE assessment.

We have expert assessors available nationwide so, wherever you are, we can carry out your Homeworker DSE assessment and help you remain compliant.

What are the benefits of using Worksafe UK to carry out your DSE assessments?

The key benefits of having your assessments carried out by professional and competent assessors:

Complying with UK legislation

It’s key that all businesses meet the legal requirements to provide DSE assessments. By failing to comply, you are in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act,  The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and Display Screen Equipment Regulations (DS) 1992 (amended 2002).

Furthermore, the Disability Discrimination Act requires employers to make ‘reasonable adjustments’  within their workplace for disabled workers. Our assessors can help you find practical and cost-effective ways to achieve this. We provide you with an audit trail should any legal or compensation claims arise.

Improving the health and well-being of your workforce

By improving the health and wellbeing of your workforce, you will:

  • Reduce the number of days lost to absenteeism  Work-related pain leads to absenteeism. According to the Labour Force Survey 2017/2018, 6.6 million working days were lost to work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Improve staff morale  Investing in staff’s wellbeing ensures they feel valued and appreciated. This leads to increased productivity.
  • Boost productivity  Staff who are able to work comfortably and efficiently will be able to work at their maximum productivity levels. An uncomfortable workforce is distracted and unfocused.
  • Increased profitability  This goes hand in hand with the above.

Solutions for large or remote workforces

For companies with a large workforce, a rapidly expanding/changing workforce, or those with a remote workforce, our online DSE training and self-assessment software is the perfect solution. Read more here or call us on 0370 118 8000 for a free trial.

For further guidance, please visit the HSE website – Working safely with display screen equipment.

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