DSE and Ergonomic Assessments

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the top 3 causes of work-related ill-health. Having the correct workstation layout and working practices help significantly reduce the risk of MSDs in the workplace.

What is a DSE Assessment?

Some workers may experience fatigue, eye strain, upper limb disorders and backache from overuse or improper use of DSE (Display Screen Equipment, e.g. computer screens). These problems can also be experienced from poorly designed workstations and work environments.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) account for a huge cost to business in terms of sickness absence and can be largely preventable with good risk assessments, early identification of problems and early intervention.

A DSE risk assessment looks at the workstation set-up, the work equipment, the work design and working practices to identify any issues that may affect the individual’s health.

Why Do I Need It?

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (amended 2002) apply to all display screen equipment (DSE) e.g. computer screens. This applies to those working at a fixed workstation, mobile workers, home workers and hot-deskers.

Employers must carry out a risk assessment of workstations to reduce any identified risks and put suitable control measures in place, provide information and training, provide eye and eyesight tests on request and glasses if required solely for DSE use, and review the risk assessment when the user or any aspect of the DSE changes.

What we offer

We can support you in complying with the DSE legislation in the following ways:

  1. Reviewing your DSE policy
  2. Providing an online training package and DSE tool
  3. Providing basic individual workstation assessments
  4. Providing more in-depth workstation assessments for individuals with a health condition that may have been caused or is aggravated by working with DSE
  5. Chair set-up service
  6. Driver set-up review
  7. Advice on suitable products/equipment
  8. General advice on posture, ergonomics or reducing the risk of MSD in your organisation

DSE and Ergonomic resources

Home working and DSE during Covid-19



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Stuart Falconer, HR Consultant, Morgan Thomson HR

I have worked with Debbie on a number of occasions and she has become my ‘go to’ occupational health advisor. She is both professional and pragmatic, builds a great rapport with employees and employers alike and produces reports in quick time. Quite simply, the best OH advisor I have worked with.

Jon Phillips, HR Consultant, Calium HR

SA Law has enlisted the expert assistance of Debbie Holder for occupational health support over a number of years on behalf of numerous clients. We have always found her to be approachable and helpful in what can often be very difficult circumstances for our clients. Her advice is timely, comprehensive and comes at a very reasonable fee when compared with a number of other occupational health providers. We would have no hesitation in recommending her services to others.

Chris Cook, Partner, Head of Employment and Data Protection, SA Law

Debbie is our trusted advisor for OH matters and we regularly refer our clients to her. Debbie’s approach means her advice and reporting is always clear and concise and has really helped our clients navigate some tricky situations. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Debbie and Occupational Health Services.

Chris Miles, Assistant Manager, People Solutions, Menzies LLP

I have used Occupational Health Services for a range of employee health matters. I find the service very responsive, flexible, medically sound and professional taking into consideration both the employees’ and employers’ situation. The reports are detailed to a high standard to allow the business to review possible support and the next steps with the employee and Occupational Health Services will always advise if a further assessment may be needed.

Leanne Taylor, HR Consultant, Beststart HR

After working with a variety of occupational health providers over the years, I have never worked so closely with a provider who genuinely cares about our colleagues but also about our business. Occupational Health Services Ltd understand our business and spend time to understand our colleagues too. They are always at the end of a phone to give advice, support and give confidence to colleagues working with them for the best outcomes for all.

Linsay Baverstock, People Partner, Settle Group

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Michelle Bolino, Head of HR, Selectaglaze Ltd, St Albans

Occupational Health Services Ltd has greatly assisted many of my clients and their staff in assessing health issues and providing helpful guidance on road maps to improved health and attendance.

Philip Delafield, HR Consultant, Delafield Consulting ltd

We have worked with Occupational Health Services Ltd for eight years now and the service Debbie has provided has been excellent. She always responds to us within a few hours and is very accommodating to our needs. We feel really confident that our employees will have a positive experience with Debbie, even at a time when perhaps they are not positive themselves. As an employer with a relatively lean head count, we do not feel compromised or exposed with the advice Debbie provides to employees, and instead, take real benefit about how best to return employees to full health in the workplace. Would highly recommend.

Pete Howitt, HR Director, ADR Network