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Display Screen Equipment / Homeworking Safely

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. We describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.

To comply with the law Employers must:

  • Ensure that a DSE assessment is completed.
  • Reduce the risks to employees from DSE.
  • Provide an eyesight test where appropriate.
  • Provide suitable and sufficient training and information to enable employees to work safely.

The law applies where “users” are in the office at a fixed work station, mobile workers and for home workers.

In line with the Government guidelines, employers are now required to ensure that their staff work from home where possible. For many employees this means working at the kitchen table or a makeshift desk in the living room, often sharing the space with children who are  being home-schooled. Working in these conditions can often lead to health and safety issues such as aches and pains, repetitive strain injury, headaches and increased stress levels.

To help you comply with the law and to keep your staff safe whilst home working we have developed a short training course which outlines the key areas of DSE and workstation safety that your staff need to know to keep themselves comfortable and safe when working at home.

The course is delivered live over TEAMs and covers the following topics:

  • The health and safety laws that govern the use of DSE.
  • The possible health effects associated with DSE use.
  • A step by step guide to making home workstations comfortable and safe to use.
  • Best practice and simple tips for setting up a home workstation including routines and breaks.
  • Eyes and eyesight testing.
  • Prevention of back pain and upper limb disorders.
  • Prevention of fatigue.
  • Home safety tips including, slips, trips & falls, electrical safety and fire safety.

The course will last approximately 60 minutes dependent upon questions.

At the end of the course each attendee will be given access to a DSE self assessment form. This easy to use format automatically generates a DSE assessment and report based upon the answers given and will give a high/medium/low risk score to enable Management to target and prioritise additional resources and further action required to keep people safe.

Each attendee will also be provided with the latest HSE guidance on working safely with DSE and homeworking.

In summary, this one hour course will help you to keep your staff safe and comply with the law. The course is lively and interactive and great value for money.

If you think that your team could benefit from this training please contact us to arrange a no obligation discussion of your needs.

Thank you.