DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT (D.S.E)
The Employer has a legal duty to: provide D.S.E. assessments for staff who use their computers continuously for more than an hour a day.
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 Repetitive Strain Injuries, (RSI). Most of these conditions do not indicate any serious ill health, but it makes sense to avoid them as far as possible.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with D.S.E. The Regulations were introduced because D.S.E. has become one of the most common kinds of work equipment.
That doesn’t mean that D.S.E. work is risky – it isn’t. ULDs 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 D.S.E. can be more comfortable and productive.