Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessments

DSE assessments, also referred to as VDU (Visual Display Unit) or Workstation Assessments are an important tool in ensuring your workforces occupational health and wellbeing.

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health 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.

The assessment looks at your employees workstation and assesses if it is as ergonomic as possible and minimizes any repetitive strain or stresses on your employees body.


Display Screen

  • Brightness and contrast;

  • Eye-level;

  • Glare and reflection;

  • Tilt and swivel;

  • Image stability and definition;

  • Screen cleaning;



  • Feet;
  • Swivel;
  • Adjustable height;
  • Space and movement;
  • Posture;
  • Adjustable back and arm rests;
  • Feet on floor;

Desk/work surfaces

  • Storage
  • Clear space
  • height
  • movement

Keyboard mouse and other equipment

  • position
  • space
  • posture and hand position
  • Tilt
  • Key legibility on keyboard

Additional equipment requirements

  • Footrests
  • Monitor risers
  • hand rest
  • anti-glare screens
  • Alternative chairs
  • Magnifiers
  • Mousepads
  • Portable Appliance Testing


  • Temperature

  • Ventilation

  • Light

  • Noise

  • Space

  • Fumes

  • Obstructions

  • Fire hazards


Working practices

  • Breaks
  • time spent on tasks
  • communication
  • food and drink
  • cleaning
  • Information, training, instruction and supervision

Occupational Health

  • Eyesight – Eye tests
  • Hearing – Hearing tests
  • Repertory – Asthma, fumes and breathing
  • Mental health and Wellbeing
  • Stress, anxiety, depression
  • Alcohol and drugs

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Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious.

The findings of your FutureSure DSE Assessment help you identify issues with your companies workstations and offers the best practical solutions and recommendations for additional or alternative equipment to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of your workforce.

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