Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment Form

Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment Form


The employer must carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of VDU and other display screen equipment workstations that either he or anyone else has provided for use by his employees for his business, or that he has provided for use by self-employed workers for his business. 

As regards display screen equipment and workstations by employees, note that the employer's duties extend beyond equipment that he provides. Typical examples of the extent of the employer's duties are employees working from home who provide their own equipment, or employees working at customer's premises using equipment provided by the customer.

Where the employer has five or more staff, he must record any risk assessment (or revision of it) unless no significant risks are identified.

This form can be used for individual employees or general review of DSE risk assessment which should be carried out, for instance when the following occurs:

- a major change to software used;
- a major change to the hardware;
- a major change in workstation furniture;
- a substantial increase in employer requirements, such speed, accuracy or volume of work;
- if the workstation is relocated; or
- if the lighting is significantly modified.

The assessment example ( and spaces for additional) questions within the following sections:

1. About the User
2. The Display Screen
3. The Keyboard
4. Daily Work Routine
5. The Desk
6. The Chair
7. The Office Environment.

Typical health and safety problems which the employer should be looking for when assessing and reducing risks include:

- postural problems, causing back & neck complaints and/or repetitive strain injury (RSI);
- visual problems;
- fatigue and stress.

Any actions identified by the assessment should be monitored and reviewed by the Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment Action Plan. Specific hazards may be further assessed using the Single Hazard Risk Assessment Standard Form.

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