Why are DSE Assessments so important?

These days, most of us spend a huge amount of time working on a computer, on our tablets or our phones. In fact there are many workers who use computers and display screen equipment (DSE) for the entirety of their working day. So it’s important to ensure that we’re working in a way that isn’t doing harm to our health and wellbeing.

Poor chair adjustment and seated posture can cause pressure on intervertebral discs, as well as strain on back, shoulder, neck, and upper and lower leg muscles. It can also have a detrimental effect on the digestive and respiratory organs, and on circulation.

If you’re an employer, you should be aware that musculo-skeletal problems are the leading cause of sickness absence, and neck or back pain due to poor desk set-up is a huge contributing factor. It is now estimated that over 80% of the adult population will experience back pain at some point in their working lives.

Employers have a legal and ethical duty to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees. A DSE Assessment can help to prevent injuries and strain from occurring, saving your business both sickness absence days and money, and protecting your staff at the same time. It’s worth remembering that the most valuable asset of a business is your employees!

What does a DSE Assessment Involve?

When setting up a workspace there are a number of elements that have to be taken into account, including the person involved, the desk, chair, and the computer equipment itself, whether that is a desktop or laptop model.

We consider the:

  • Work equipment: display screen, keyboard, seating
  • Work environment: space, lighting, noise
  • Interface between user and equipment – software selection and adaptation to user

At Amalgamate, DSE assessments can be done in two ways. Either we can visit your work premises, and help staff to optimise their work environment, talking them through instructions for adjustable chairs and desks, and checking their sitting position etc; or we can do them over the phone, or by video call with staff at their desk. Either way, you get the reassurance that by being pro-active in addressing DSE, you’re reducing the likelihood of injury or strain occurring.

Getting help with DSE Assessments

To find out how we can help your company with your DSE assessments call us on 0141 244 0181 or email info@amalgamate-safety.com.

Some useful links:

Fit for Work – offers free, confidential and impartial work-related health advice to employers and employees with the aim of helping employed people who are off sick for four weeks or more return to work.

Healthy Working Lives – this free advice line in Scotland helps you to quickly and effectively address the issue of employee health, minimise the impact of staff illness, and provide essential support to staff with physical or mental health issues.