Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is a device or piece of equipment that has an alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process involved. It includes both conventional display screens and those used in technologies such as laptops, touch-screens and other similar devices.
As a keyboard user, you will most certainly be using this type of equipment and it is important to be aware that computer workstation equipment can be the cause of arm, shoulder, neck or back pain, in addition to fatigue and eyestrain.
Surveys have found that a high proportion of DSE workers report aches, pains or eye discomfort. These aches and pains are sometimes called upper limb disorders (ULDs), which can include a range of medical conditions such as RSI. Most of these conditions do not indicate any serious ill health, but it makes sense to avoid them as far as possible.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with DSE. The Regulations were introduced because DSE has become one of the most common kinds of work equipment.
That doesn't mean that DSE work is risky – it isn't. ULDs can be avoided if users follow effective practice, set up their workstations properly and take breaks during prolonged use. By taking just a few simple precautions, work with display screen equipment can be more comfortable and productive.
You can find out more, including downloadable guides from the HSE website.