What is a DSE assessment?
A Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment is designed to evaluate the suitability of an individuals display screen equipment (eg computer screens, laptop screens etc), in order to reduce the risk of injury and increase productivity. DSE assessments have become increasingly common since the 1992 Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations came into force came into force.
What happens during a DSE assessment?
During a DSE assessment, the assessor will ask you a number of questions about the tasks that you have to do during the day, how long you spend at your desk etc. They will also watch you working, so that they can assess your sitting posture and your position in relation to your keyboard, display screen, telephone, pen and paper, mouse etc.
Once the assessor has completed the observation part of the assessment, they will take a number of measurements such as the height of your chair, the height of your forearms above the keyboard, the distance between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees, the height of your hips in relation to your knees etc. These measurements can then be used to help them work out your optimal sitting position and workstation setup. They can also use these measurements when ordering any necessary equipment that you may need.
Most DSE assessments will take around an hour. Once the assessment has been performed the assessor will write up their assessment and make some recommendations which could range from changing your work position, to ordering a range of new equipment to make your work station more safe and comfortable.
Who can complete a DSE assessment?
Most DSE assessors will have completed some form of DSE assessors course, where they will have learnt about office ergonomics, health and safety legislation, and how to perform the key components of a safe workstation assessment. Some DSE assessors will also be Chartered Physiotherapists. However, being a Physiotherapist is not a formal requirement for DSE assessor work.