MEL Health and Safety Consultants

Display Screen Equipment Assessments


Display Screen Equipment Assessments

The majority of occupations in the UK now use personal computers in order to complete their work activities and the trend to increased use is certainly unlikely to be reversed.  Although the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply only to those staff formally designated as "Users" under the Regulations, the general legal duty of care and the requirement under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations for the assessment of risks involved with work means that ALL display screen equipment (DSE) work and workstations must be assessed and any risks involved adequately controlled.

The risks relate to musculo-skeleal problems, visual fatigue and mental stress and are not confined to this type of work. It is known, however, that the risk of harm to an individual worker carrying out typical display screen work is low and can be reduced to a negligible level by the application of good ergonomic principles to the design of the workstation and the job.

The term "workstation" is used to describe accessories such as  thew mouse, the keyboard, printers, the furniture, the telephone and the surrounding work environment in addition to the display screen equipment itself, the most familiar of which is the personal computer used for applications such as word processing.

M.E.L. can perform individual DSE assessments at your company premises in order to ensure that the workstation of each employee is assembled in such a way as to avoid being potentially deleterious to their health.  We will also provide guidance if any of the health problems that the user has may have been caused or been exacerbated by the set up of their work station, making professional recommendations based on the evidence available.