The Display screen equipment (DSE) risk assessment is divided into seven regulations; the aim is to improve working conditions at the workstation, by providing ergonomic support. All users should also be able to have regular eyesight tests and be informed of the hazards risks and control measures in place regarding their working areas.
- Regulation 1 defines what equipment is covered by DSE, and the definition of a user.
- Regulation 2 requires a DSE assessment to be carried out by all employees and reviewed by a DSE assessor. New employees are required to complete this assessment during their probation.
- Regulation 3 ensures that minimum requirements are met regarding all the equipment as well as noise, heat, radiation, humidity and computer user interface.
- Regulation 4 Gives guidance regarding regular short breaks and the general guidance concerning these.
- Regulation 5 Explains the provision for eye testing, with both the test and corrective glasses, if required being paid for by the employer.
- Regulation 6 Ensures that adequate health and safety training is provided by the employer, and training for software is provided.
- Regulation 7 is to inform the employee about on-going risk assessments and control measures concerning health and safety.
HSE provide a free downloadable leaflet, working with display screen equipment as a guide for people who work with visual display units (VDUs), and their employers. VDU is a previous description of DSE and, in the context of the leaflet, the two are the same.