All charities have a duty to protect their staff and volunteers from the health risks associated with working with display screen equipment (DSE) – such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations applies to workers who use DSE on a daily basis for at least an hour at a time – these workers are referred to as ‘DSE users’.
What do charities need to do?
If your charity employs staff or volunteers who are currently working from home, ‘hot desking’ or working at a fixed workstation, then by law you must carry out a DSE workstation assessment, provide training on the use of DSE and take action to reduce risks – such as ensuring workers take regular breaks from using DSE.
To help charities complete a DSE assessment, BHIB Charities Insurance have developed a DSE Self-Assessment Form for you to use for free. The Self-Assessment Form includes a checklist for ensuring workstations are correctly set-up, helping you assess:
- Display screen position, height and maneuverability
- Screen glare, brightness and contrast settings
- Keyboard position and tilt options
- Computer mouse position and wrist/forearm support
- Desk space and height
- Work environment – natural light, avoiding trip hazards