Focus on safety for use of DSE
Can working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE’s) lead to physical and mental health harm?
The short answer is YES!!
(According to HSE statistics, in 2017/18, 469,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal and work related upper limb disorders)!
Can we reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable?
Working with display screen equipment is not a high-risk occupation, however it does expose users to potential harm and as such there is a legal duty on employers to put in place controls to reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable. Display screen equipment (DSE) Assessments are a legal requirement and the good news is that if they are done correctly, they can help with combating musculoskeletal disorders and other ill-health effects that DSE users are at risk of developing through time spent at a poorly designed workstation.