As an employer you must carry out a risk assessment of the desk or
workstation of each of your employees. This assessment needs to look at the
IT equipment each individual is using, but also the environment in which
they are working.
The Health and Safety legislation covering workstations and Display Screen
Equipment (DSE) was written back in 1992, however, the way we use computers
has changed beyond all recognition since then. Accordingly, we have
extensively updated the Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment Form
template for carrying out workstation assessments. These assessments, known
as DSE assessments, have been written to take account of the changes in
computers and computer screens. The new assessment form takes into account
flat screens that are now used regularly as well as wireless keyboards and
mice. It also considers how your employees may be using laptops or tablets.
Of course, some elements of workstation health and safety remain the same.
There is still a requirement to have proper lighting, heating and cooling
of your employees’ working area and the desk height needs to be correct for
the user – one size does not fit all.
As well as the DSE Risk Assessment Form the sub-folder contains a worked
example version which demonstrates the type of issues to consider in your
own workplace and a set of Guidance Notes on how to complete a DSE risk
assessment in your workplace.
The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute
legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific