DSE Assessment

DSE Assessment

The following checklist can be used to help you complete a risk assessment and comply with the Schedule to the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002. Work through the checklist, ticking either the β€˜Yes’ or β€˜No’ column against each risk factor. Assessors should check later that actions have been taken and have resolved the problem.
Employee Full Name:
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Is the software suitable for the task?
Software should help the user carry out the task, minimise stress and be user-friendly.
Is training provided in the use of software?
Users must have appropriate training in using the software.


Stability: Is the display screen free from "flicker"?
Clarity: Is the information easy to read?
Can brightness/contrast be adjusted?
Glare and Reflection: Is the screen free from glare/reflection?
Adjustability: Can the screen be tilted /swivelled?
Is the keyboard tiltable and separate from the screen?
Is there sufficient space in front of the keyboard to provide support for hands/arms?
Is the mouse used correctly e.g. lightly held/positioned within easy reach?
Is the user aware that an appropriate eye test is available on request?


Is the workstation sufficiently large to allow for appropriate positioning of screen/keyboard/documents and other equipment?
Where appropriate, is the document holder stable/adjustable and in a convenient location?
Is there adequate space for the user to adopt a comfortable working position and maintain good posture?
Is the seat stable/comfortable and does it allow for ease of movement?
Can the seat height be adjusted?
Can the seat back be adjusted in tilt/height?
If, following correct adjustment of the chair, the user cannot place their feet firmly on the floor, are footrests provided?


Is the lighting suitable, eg not too bright or too dim to work comfortably?
Users should be able to control light levels, eg by adjusting window blinds or light switches. Consider shading or repositioning light sources or providing local lighting, eg desk lamps (but make sure lights don’t cause glare by reflecting off walls or other surfaces).
Is there enough room to change position and vary movement?
Space is needed to move, stretch and fidget. Consider reorganising the office layout and check for obstructions. Cables should be tidy and not a trip or snag hazard.
Are levels of noise comfortable?
Consider moving sources of noise, eg printers, away from the user. If not, consider soundproofing.
Are levels of heat comfortable?
Can heating be better controlled? More ventilation or air conditioning may be required if there is a lot of electronic equipment in the room. Or, can users be moved away from the heat source?
Does the air feel comfortable?
DSE and other equipment may dry the air. Circulate fresh air if possible. Plants may help.

Office use only

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