By law and HSE compliance, every employer must carry out a DSE Assessment for employees in the workplace and if they are working from home who use computer equipment.

A DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment is a process of evaluating and assessing the ergonomic setup of a computer workstation to ensure the health and well-being of individuals who regularly use display screen equipment. It is also referred to as a workstation assessment or an ergonomic assessment.

The purpose of a DSE assessment is to identify potential risks and hazards associated with using display screen equipment, such as computers, laptops, tablets, or mobile devices, and to recommend adjustments and improvements to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other health issues.

During a DSE assessment, various factors related to the workstation and the user’s working environment are considered. These may include:

  1. Desk and Work Surface: The height and size of the desk or work surface, as well as the availability of sufficient space for the equipment and documents.

  2. Chair and Seating Position: The adjustability and suitability of the chair, including lumbar support, seat height, and armrests, to promote a comfortable and ergonomic sitting posture.

  3. Monitor Placement: The positioning of the monitor(s) to ensure proper eye level, distance, and angle, reducing strain on the neck and eyes.

  4. Keyboard and Mouse Position: The placement of the keyboard and mouse to allow comfortable use and minimize the risk of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) or discomfort in the wrists, hands, and arms.

  5. Lighting and Glare: The adequacy of lighting conditions to prevent eye strain, as well as the management of glare from windows or overhead lighting.

  6. Document and Equipment Placement: The arrangement of documents, reference materials, and equipment in the workspace to minimize repetitive reaching or twisting.

  7. Posture and Body Mechanics: The individual’s posture and overall body mechanics while using the display screen equipment, including recommendations for maintaining a neutral posture and taking regular breaks.

The aim of a DSE assessment is to optimise the workstation setup, reduce the risk of discomfort, pain, and work-related injuries, and improve productivity and overall well-being. By addressing ergonomic concerns and making necessary adjustments based on the assessment findings, individuals and organisations can create a healthier and more supportive work environment.

Interactive Ergonomic Workstation Training

WellbeingandErgonomics can organise an ergonomic workstation training for all your employees online and face to face. This will keep your business aligned to HSE DSE compliance, reduce MSD related absenteeism, increase productivity and make your existing equipment sustainable.

Case Study

Your employee DSE assessments is conducted by our trained DSE Assessors with years of experience, who can provide comprehensive evaluations and recommendations. 

WellbeingandErgonomics expert DSE Assessor carried out an assessment for one of the client’s employee. The employee was suffering from severe back problems and other MSD related issues. 

After the assessment, our expert recommended a solution. The after picture demonstrates the difference we have made to an employee’s well-being. 

"My new chair is so much more comfortable and has made life so much easier for doing my job. I do not struggle with my back and now I sit with the right posture."


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