Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply only to employees whose work involves regular use of DSE as a significant part of their normal work (daily, for continuous periods of an hour or more). These workers are known as DSE users. The regulations do not apply to infrequent or short periods of time.

A DSE device is equipment that has a graphic or alphanumeric display screen and includes laptops, touch screens and other similar devices.

What are the health risks?

A range of conditions, associated with the arm, hand or shoulder areas, are described as work related upper limb disorders (WRULD). These range from temporary fatigue in the fingers or wrist to chronic tissue disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or musculoskeletal problems stemming from poor posture.

Some workers may experience temporary visual fatigue leading to headaches, impaired visual performance and red or sore eyes.

What can we do to help you to comply?

We help companies with office-based staff who regularly work at a computer. This includes a fixed workstation, working from home, hot desking or remote working.

  • analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks;
  • make sure controls are in place;
  • provide information and training.