DSE (WORKSTATION) RISK ASSESSMENT
Workstation risk assessments, or DSE (Display Screen Equipment) risk assessments are required under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992. Their purpose is to assess risks relating to DSE use.
A DSE Risk Assessment will include a physical check of the workstation setup, the setup of the chair, and also provide posture training to the workstation user. It will include checks for any issues with:
- Display screen
- Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
- Work desk / worksurface
- Space and room layout
- Heating / ventilation
- Posture, i.e. avoiding stretching / twisting
- Repetitive movements
- Eye strain
It is a requirement that the DSE risk assessments be carried out by a competent person. Failure to comply with this requirement may render a DSE risk assessment as non-conforming and void.
On a practical level, the main benefit of a DSE risk assessment is to reduce the likelihood of DSE hazards resulting in harm.
On a legal level, the main benefit of having a workstation risk assessment in place is that if a worst-case scenario does happen and a DSE hazard does result in harm, your organisation will have a legal defense.
These benefits rely on the risk assessment being kept up-to-date, and recommendations made in the risk assessment being acted on within a reasonable timeframe.