The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to Display Screen Equipment - DSE.
These regulations apply to any employee If that employee has no choice but to use the VDU/ DSE to carry out her/his work, or if the employee normally uses the VDU/DSE for continuous periods of more than one hour at his or her work station or if the VDU/DSE is generally used by the employee on a daily basis.
The Health and Safety Authority in Ireland (HSA) define a work station as s an assembly comprising display screen equipment, which may be provided with a keyboard or input device or software, or a combination of the foregoing, determining the operator and machine interface, and includes-(a) a work chair and work desk or work surface,(b) any optional accessories and peripherals, and(c) the immediate work environment of the display screen equipment.
With the average person working at a keyboard performing between 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes each and every day, We provide DSE assessments for small, medium and large businesses and organisations on a nationwide basis throughout Ireland.
We offer our tailored services using only trained, skilled and experienced Health and Safety Consultants and DSE assessors with enormous experience in industry, thereby ensuring the highest levels of both professionalism and affordability.
The assessment includes an examination of DSE hazards and risks and DSE equipment,
Also included is a detailed examination of the surrounding workspace(s) as well as the work station(s) using meters to measure light, temperature, humidity and noise levels and review of the results is also included.
A detailed report is submitted to your company and the employee is entitled to a copy of this report. Please note the HSA state in their advice that "it is not sufficient to allow employees to use a software package or other means to assess their own workstations, it is a duty of the employer to carry out an analysis or risk assessment of an employee's workstation".
We would welcome the opportunity to submit a proposal covering DSE assessments for your company.
A DSE Assessment is an ergonomic assessment of a employees workstation and covers the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) as well as the surrounding equipment such as Computer monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, software and environment.
DSE Assessments are a legal requirement for all habitual DSE users under the General Application Regulations 2007. A habitual DSE user is classed as someone who spends 1 or more continuous hours per day at their workstation.
A qualified DSE Assessor should complete the DSE Assessments. Where specific issues or underlying health complaints arise then a more experienced practitioner such as Health and Safety Consultant may be required.
DSE Assessments should be undertaken at least every 2 years however the frequency would need to be increased should the employee change workstation or if a particular health compliant arose for example.
DSE Assessments are predominantly required in a office environment where users would spend one continuous hour or more per day at their workstation. Certain work environments are exempt and not classed as DSE workstations such as train cabs and supermarket checkouts..
Yes, it is necessary. And the documented DSE assessments should have the following:
Schedule4 describes the minimum specifications for all Display Screen Equipment that should exist for DSE workstations. When carrying out DSE assessments, the employer must consider the min requirements detailed in Schedule4. This Schedule includes a range of components such as:
Yes. There'll be instances when an employee is moved to a new workstation due to changes in work arrangements. The employer is required to conduct new DSE assessments at the employees' new workstations. There should be an existing system that when adjustments such as this occur, employees can submit formal requests to have a new DSE assessment done. The assessment should include any changes in technology or equipment.
The DSE requirements of Chapt.5 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulations 2007 do not apply to laptops.
Per Regulation 71(d), "this Chapter does not apply to...portable display screen equipment not in prolonged use at a workstation." So it is advised that a laptop be connected to a keyboard and separate monitor. Once it's set up as such, that's when the workstation can be inspected to document if it meets the conditions found in the Display Screen Equipment Regulation.
Other temporary setups of a laptop workstation should be examined to check the usage of the laptop and to determine potential risks. Note that the user should not work on the laptop directly for long hours.
Employers are expected to provide training on how to use the workstation before an employee starts work on a DSE and in the event when the set up of the workstation is altered. The following should be included in the trainings:
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