Working with DSE – What HSE say

For those people who are working at home on a long-term basis, the risks associated with using Display Screen Equipment must be controlled. This includes doing home workstation assessments.

However, there is no increased risk from DSE work for those working at home temporarily. So in that situation employers do not need to do home workstation assessments. You could provide workers with advice on completing their own basic assessment at home.

There are some simple steps you can take to reduce the risks from display screen work:

  • breaking up long spells of DSE work with rest breaks (at least 5 minutes every hour) or changes in activity
  • avoiding awkward, static postures by regularly changing position
  • getting up and moving or doing stretching exercises
  • avoiding eye fatigue by changing focus or blinking from time to time


Specialised DSE equipment needs – Employers should try to meet those needs where possible.

  • For some equipment (eg keyboards, mouse, riser) this could mean allowing workers to take this equipment home.
  • For other larger items (eg ergonomic chairs, height-adjustable desks) encourage workers to try other ways of creating a comfortable working environment (eg supporting cushions).


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