DSE Assessments

DSE assessments evaluate an employee’s workstation to ensure it meets ergonomic standards and accommodates their needs.

How Much Does A DSE Assessment Cost?

A standard DSE Assessment is priced at £95 plus VAT with a minimum of 7 required.

An Advanced DSE Assessment is priced at £195 plus VAT. Please contact us for more details.

There could be additional costs for specialist equipment depending on the outcome and recommendations. To book an assessment, you can give us a ring on 01633 439 220 or email us at admin@simplythrive.co.uk.

What Is DSE?

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments are evaluations conducted to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of individuals using computer workstations and display screen equipment such as laptops, computers, and tablets in their regular jobs are healthy, safe, and comfortable.

They significantly contribute to the promotion of a positive and effective work environment.

The Importance Of DSE Assessments

To make certain that employers execute their duties and responsibilities to their employees by ensuring workplace health and safety in accordance with the DSE 1992 Act.

The statute covers a wide spectrum of workplaces where DSE is a significant factor.

Its goal is to promote the health, safety, and well-being of employees who use display screen equipment, ensuring that they can accomplish their tasks comfortably and safely.

What Are The Benefits Of DSE Assessments?

  • DSE assessments assist in identifying and mitigating ergonomic concerns connected with computer workstations. Poorly configured workstations can cause musculoskeletal disorders, eye strain, and other health problems. Employers can make proactive efforts to protect their employees’ health and well-being by undertaking these assessments.
  • Ergonomically sound workstations can boost employee comfort and reduce physical discomfort. Employees are more likely to focus on their duties and be productive when they are comfortable and pain-free.
  • Addressing ergonomic concerns early on can reduce absences by preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. Both employers and employees may benefit from this.
  • DSE assessments are not one-size-fits-all; they are tailored to the specific needs of each employee. Employers can provide personalised solutions to unique ergonomic difficulties experienced by employees by conducting individual assessments.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to employee health and well-being through DSE assessments can contribute to higher levels of employee satisfaction and engagement. When employees feel cared for, they are more likely to be loyal and motivated in their work.
  • Employees are also made aware of the value of correct workstation layout and ergonomic procedures thanks to DSE assessments. Employees who are informed about best practises may be more motivated to take charge of their own health.
  • With the increasing rise of remote work and reliance on digital technologies, DSE assessments have become even more crucial to ensure employees’ well-being, regardless of their work location.

When Should Display Screen Equipment Assessments Be Conducted?

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments should be conducted in the following situations:

  • New Employees: A DSE assessment must be conducted as part of the onboarding process for new employees whose jobs regularly require them to utilise display screen equipment. By doing this, you can make sure their desk is set up ergonomically from the start.
  • Job Changes: If an employee switches jobs within the company and the new position necessitates heavy use of DSE, a revaluation should be done to make sure their workstation is appropriate for the alterations.
  • Workstation Changes: A DSE assessment should be performed if there are major changes to an employee’s workstation, such as new furniture or equipment, to ensure that they are ergonomic and are not causing any health hazards.
  • Health Complaints: A DSE assessment should be carried out to detect and correct any ergonomic difficulties if an employee complains of any discomfort, pain, or health problems associated with their computer workstation or DSE usage.
  • Routine Review: Even if no health concerns have been documented, it is best practise to periodically examine DSE usage for all personnel who regularly use display screen equipment. The ergonomics of workstations are kept current with any adjustments to job roles or equipment through routine reviews.
  • Remote Work Arrangements: With the rise of remote work, employers should conduct DSE assessments for employees who work from home or other remote locations to ensure their home workstations are set up correctly and comply with health and safety standards.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant worker assessments will identify any issues and potential dangers to any pregnant employees, as well as mitigation strategies. Essentially, expectant worker assessments are crucial because failure to respond to dangers can have serious health effects for both the pregnant worker and their unborn child.

It’s important to emphasise that DSE assessments should not be a one-time event but an ongoing process.

Regular assessments and reviews are crucial to ensure that workstations remain ergonomic and that employees’ health and well-being are continuously supported.

What We Can Offer

Promoting the well-being and productivity of people who spend a lot of time using display screen equipment at work is dependent upon both conventional and advanced DSE assessments.

These evaluations are frequently carried out by organisations as part of their health and safety activities to make sure that their staff works in a secure and comfortable environment.

Standard DSE Assessment

The standard DSE assessment is a fundamental evaluation designed to identify potential risks and issues associated with the usage of display screen equipment.

Employees who need advice on how to improve their ergonomic setup to avoid future concerns but have not specifically experienced any health issues connected to their computer workstation typically undergo the basic DSE assessment.

It is not limited to just the display screen, and it typically covers the following key aspects:

  1. Workspace Setup: Verify that the keyboard, mouse, monitor, and other computer hardware are positioned at the proper heights and distances.
  2. Chair and Seating: Examining the ergonomic qualities of the chair, such as lumbar support and adjustable height, to encourage a relaxed and healthy sitting position.
  3. Lighting: Analysing the lighting to reduce glare and guarantee appropriate brightness levels for a comfortable working environment.
  4. Breaks & Rest: Stressing the significance of taking regular breaks to lessen eye strain and prevent protracted sedentary behaviour.

Following the assessment, a report of the findings will be provided to the customer and/or their designated representative, along with recommendations for future improvements if necessary.

Advanced DSE Assessment

The advanced DSE assessment goes beyond the basic evaluation and is typically conducted when an individual has reported discomfort or health issues related to their computer workstation and requires more personalised attention and comprehensive support to address their specific needs.

In addition to the elements covered in the standard assessment, the advanced assessment may include:

  1. Individual Health Considerations: Considering the user’s pre-existing medical issues or physical limits and adapting the workstation configuration accordingly.
  2. Specialised Equipment: Recommending specialised ergonomic equipment, such as ergonomic keyboards, mice, or chairs, to meet unique demands.
  3. Workstation Environment: Assessing the total workstation environment, including noise levels and air quality, to provide a safe and healthy working environment.
  4. Education and Training: More in-depth training on ergonomics, posture, and exercises to address and prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
  5. Follow-up Support: Ongoing support and evaluations to monitor any changes or improvements in the workstation setup and the user’s health.

Following the Advance DSE assessment, a report of the findings will be provided to the employee and/or their designated representative, providing more in-depth information on the user, such as detailed observations, measurements, and images (if authorised), along with recommendations for future improvements if necessary.

Company-Wide DSE Assessments

We are able to conduct Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments for your whole organisation.

These assessments, which normally run about fifteen minutes per staff member, verify that you are meeting your legal duties under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 Act.

This helps to protect any employee who uses DSE for an hour or more at a time, such as PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

We help employers assess each user’s workstation area including:

  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Environment
  • Working conditions

We can carry out these Company-Wide DSE Assessments in full or half-day visits.

If any of your employees exhibit pain or discomfort during these brief first evaluations, we can advise scheduling a longer Advanced DSE Assessment. These evaluations usually run 45 to 60 minutes.

Our qualified DSE assessors may offer advice on workstation ergonomics, including seating position.

The assessment also contains a thorough report on the current workstation and any suggestions that were given.

Line managers and employees can use our assessments to determine any problems with existing configurations. In addition to this, appropriate products that help prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) might be chosen.

Remote Assessments

Remote Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments are performed for employees who work from home or other off-site locations. These evaluations are designed to ensure that employees’ home workstations are ergonomically configured and meet health and safety regulations, even when they are not physically present in the office. The following are common characteristics of remote DSE assessments:

  1. Questionnaires: Employees are usually required to complete an online questionnaire or form that collects information about their home workstation setup, such as the chair, desk, monitor, keyboard, mouse, lighting, and other equipment.
  2. Photo/Video Submission: Employees may be required to provide images or videos of their home workstation so that the assessor can physically evaluate it and detect any potential ergonomic difficulties.
  3. Virtual Meetings: Remote evaluations may include virtual meetings or video conversations with the assessor to examine the employee’s work environment, job activities, and any special issues or discomfort.
  4. Recommendations and Guidance: After the assessment is completed, the assessor provides personalized recommendations and guidance to the employee on how to improve their workstation setup for better ergonomics and comfort.

The main objectives of remote DSE assessments are to:

  • Ensure that employees have a safe and comfortable home workstation configuration, lowering the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and other health issues connected with prolonged computer use.
  • Assist employees in maintaining their productivity and well-being when working remotely.
  • Comply with legal and regulatory health and safety obligations, even for remote personnel.

Where Can We Conduct The Assessments?

We provide these assessments in your workplace in the areas surrounding Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Chippenham, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater, Taunton, and Exeter. We can also conduct assessments remotely.

Get In Touch Today

To book an assessment, you can give us a ring on 01633 439 220 or email us at admin@simplythrive.co.uk.