DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT DSE ASSESSMENTS
A GUIDE TO THE DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT DSE ASSESSMENTS
Display screen equipment (DSE) – any alphanumeric or graphical display screen and includes not only computer equipment but also microfiche, liquid crystal displays and process control equipment. The definition does not include television sets unless they are in use for activities such as editing of material.
User/ Operator – a person who habitually uses display screen equipment as a significant part of his or her normal work.
Workstation – an assembly comprising display screen equipment, optional accessories to the display screen equipment, disk drives, modems, printers, telephones, document holders, chair, work desk or work surface or any other item peripheral to the DSE and the working environment around the DSE.
Are you a DSE ‘user’? Do you use computer or display screen equipment as a significant part of your normal work?
Some examples of DSE users are admin staff, secretaries, accounts enquiry operators employed on mainly full time display screen use or graphic designers working on multimedia applications.
When are DSE assessments required? Whenever:
- You have been allocated a new workstation.
- The workstation is relocated.
- New hardware is introduced.
- New furniture is introduced.
- Working practices are altered or new software is introduced.
- Significant changes are made to the lighting.
- The workstation is to be used by a different operator.
- At regular intervals e.g. Every 2 years.
Who should carry out assessments? The DSE assessments task may delegate to members of staff however they must ensure that they have been given sufficient guidance and training to enable them to perform the assessment competently.
An individual should be able to undertake DSE assessments as soon as they start working with display screen equipment. This will identify that they are a user and whether an eye sight test is appropriate at this stage.
The information provided on this webpage, together with the additional material contained in the DSE assessments classroom based training package, will equip individuals to undertake a competent assessment. The manager should ensure that DSE users are given sufficient guidance and training to enable them to carry out minor alterations or adjustments to the workstation, however, the appropriate supervisor or manager should be notified of any alterations to allow a judgement to be made on the likely need for a review of the risk assessment.
What is included in the assessment?
DSE assessments should consider the workstation including furniture, equipment, the working environment and the job design.