Display screens are essential for a significant number of workers. However, prolonged or improper DSE use is linked to a number of health risks.
Managers must comply with health and safety legislation and work to protect employees from the risks of unsafe DSE use. Specific duties include risk assessment of workstations and providing employees with relevant DSE safety training.
Our DSE Awareness for Managers course examines DSE regulation and the manager’s role in mitigating DSE health risks and creating a safe and productive work environment.
Incorrect use of display screens or poorly designed workstations can cause eye strain, fatigue and pain in the neck, shoulders and arms. If these issues are left unaddressed, they can result in more serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). There were over 477,000 reported cases of MSDs in 2021 alone, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
These health issues significantly reduce employee productivity and lead to increased absenteeism and associated costs for employers.
This DSE awareness course equips managers with the knowledge and skills to fulfil their legal duties and protect employees from the risks of incorrect DSE use. It empowers them to educate employees on safe display screen use, conduct DSE risk assessments and supervise the set up of ergonomic workstations.
Both employers and employees have legal duties regarding safe DSE use. Employees who engage in continuous DSE use for periods exceeding one hour a day are considered DSE users. This definition includes employees working:
- Remotely or at home
- At fixed workstations
- Across multiple desks (hot-desking)
To ensure the health and safety of all DSE users, employers must:
- Conduct DSE workstation assessments
- Reduce risks associated with DSE use by ensuring workers take breaks
- Provide an eye test if an employee requests one
- Offer information, instruction and training to workers
These duties are contained within the following pieces of legislation:
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, or (PUWER)
Failure to comply with these regulations can result in severe consequences, including fines, penalties and reputational damage.