DSE Assessments

When did you last check that your workstation was safe?

Office worker with bad posture
Do you or your employees spend hours working at computers, smart phones, tablets, multiple screens or touch screens? If so, when did you last check if your workstations are set up correctly?

Not only is this a legal requirement of the Display Screen Equipment Regulations but it’s also good practice.

Did you know that, according to Government research there is a direct link between computer use and a number of physical ailments, including back pain, headaches, tiredness and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)? Poorly designed workstations can be attributed to these conditions which in turn can lead to poor productivity, or even worse: long term absence and permanent, debilitating injury.

Whether you are an employer, a business owner or a home office worker we can offer you a professional Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment conducted by qualified assessors to ensure that your work stations are fit for purpose and meet your legal obligations http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/dse/guidance.htm

What happens during a Display Screen Equipment Assessment?

Correct and incorrect posture DSE guidelines
We use a risk assessment checklist to evaluate your workstation before making any necessary adjustments and recommendations. We assess:

  • Chair and desk height
  • Desk layout
  • Posture at desk
  • Display Screen Equipment use
  • Office environment

During the assessment we advise you on good posture and ‘best practice’ in line with DSE guidelines.  In most cases this serves as gentle reminder of how to sit and work without putting undue strain on the body.  We also provide a comprehensive follow-up report which serves as a useful reference and helps you and your company comply with HSE regulations.

The benefits of using a professionally qualified assessor include:

  • Up to date advice based on Health and Safety Executive regulations
  • An objective approach – it’s not always easy to assess yourself  as effectively as an assessor who has an outside perspective
  • Employees will see that you are taking their safety and your obligations seriously and may be more committed to taking the advice on board
  • Professional, objective advice may have greater impact and bring about those changes in behaviour that may need to be addressed

Why pay for an Essential Vitality DSE Assessment when I can assess myself?

Even if you know how you should be sitting, it’s not easy to assess your own position and make the necessary changes for a better working posture.

Thanks for the Desk Assessment this morning Paola……. it was extremely helpful, and although I had a lot of things in place already – there were still places to improve so I think it’s a good exercise for anyone to go through – even if you think you know what is required. Having someone look at it objectively from outside makes a big difference.

Nikki Faulkner Ph.D. – Mulberry Bush Consulting Ltd

The great advantage of the DSE Assessment is that once your desk is set up correctly, you’ll be able to maintain a balanced posture reducing the chance of fatigue and musculoskeletal problems.

Paola is a true expert and helped me to understand the reasoning behind the positioning of both my chair, my computer and my feet!

I highly recommend all small businesses employ Paola to look after them and their staff.

 JF, Surrey

Making small changes can have a big impact

I found the assessment really interesting and informative and it was impressive how a few small changes can make a difference. I now feel that I have a workspace that works!

Kerry Harrison – kerryjphotography

Feeling the strain?

Office worker clutching sore lower back
Find out how to comply with HSE guidelines and learn how the right changes to your workstation can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and productivity! To book a DSE Assessment contact ESSENTIAL VITALITY today!