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Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Work Station Risk Assessment


Each learner will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of high standards of health and safety at work and their role in maintaining the standards
  • Clearly explain the legal reasons for preventing harm caused by work activity
  • Identify occupational health factors associated with DSE work stations and their potential to cause ill health.
  • Discuss the principles of good  work station ergonomics in preventing occupational illness
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of work station assessments and the practical solutions that must be adopted when setting up an ergonomic work station

Course content:

  • Humanitarian, Economic, Legal reasons why health and safety is important
  • The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 – Duties of employers and employees
  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and risk assessment
  • The H&S Display Screen Equipment Regs 1992 – specific duties
  • Occupational Health – Musculoskeletal and other disorders linked to keyboard and manual handling activities
  • Workplace stressors
  • Principles of ergonomics
  • Definition of ‘safe work station’ including working environment, heating, lighting, humidity etc
    • People and their individuality
    • Physical objects e.g. furniture, DSE, work surfaces, work space
    • Eyes
    • Head, neck shoulders
    • Back
    • Forearms, wrists and hands
  • Area – looking after your:
  • Practical session ‘setting up a safe work station’
  • Carrying out an assessment
  • Resolving problems


Duration:     3 hours

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