A DSE users' rights?

Take regular breaks every 30 minutes from continuous keyboard & screen work



What is a Display Screen Equipment user?

  • someone who uses DSE continuously or near-continuously for 1 hour or more at a time.

  • someone who uses DSE on a daily or near-daily basis for an hour or more at a time.

  • a user who has to apply high levels of concentration when using DSE.

  • a user who is very dependent on DSE and has no option but to use it.


As a DSE user:

It is your right to be provided with a safe, injury free environment in which to perform your work.

Many employees who use their DSE for more than an hour at a time will not experience any problems or ill-effects from using Visual Display Units (VDU), but in some instances this may not be the case.


Some employees can suffer work related injuries from not being trained in the correct use of their computer equipment which are known as RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries).


What are the common work related RSI's?

  • injuries to the muscles, tendons, nerves and soft tissue in the upper limbs. 

  • It usually affects the neck, shoulders, forearms, elbows, wrists and / or hands.

  • RSI is a painful and potentially debilitating condition that if untreated, can lead to permanent damage.


The most significant risk factors for RSI include:

  • carrying out repetitive tasks for long periods without suitable rest breaks

  • poor posture or activities that require you to work in an awkward position

  • poor working environment setup

  • repeated actions that are carried out on a daily basis over a long period.


RSI symptoms can vary but often include:

  • Pain or tenderness

  • Stiffness or joint restriction

  • Tingling or numbness

  • Cramping

  • Swelling in the hands or forearms

  • Referred pain – where the pain is felt in a different part of the body to where it is injured.


What should your employer do to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury in the workplace?

Employers have a legal duty to provide safe working condition towards their staff.

Under the Health and Safety Act employers must carry out a risk assessment for their workers, of any task or equipment that may cause injury. This includes the setup of computer equipment and workstations. For staff who regularly use computers or laptops, employers must follow the guidance given in the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations.

At the Home Office Team we provide 100% remote DSE assessments to expose potential risk of injury at the workstation. Book your Home Office Team risk assessment now using the link below.