Working with display screen equipment at home
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations can apply to workers who:
- work at home on a permanent or long-term basis
- routinely split their time between their workplace and home (sometimes called hybrid working)
Your workers are display screen equipment (DSE) users if they work on DSE daily, for continuous periods of an hour or more. You should check if the DSE regulations apply to your workers.
The regulations don't apply to workers who use DSE occasionally or only for short periods of time at home.
DSE risk assessment
Where the regulations do apply, you should carry out a DSE assessment for individual workers. In most cases you do not need to visit them to carry out the assessment, unless you decide there is a need to do so. Your workers may complete a self-assessment provided they have been given suitable training, for example by explaining how to use an ergonomic checklist or self-assessment tool.
There is a practical DSE workstation checklist that may help you to make a simple DSE assessment and record and communicate the findings.
Where workers use DSE in the home and office, the assessment should cover both situations.
Make sure those working at home can achieve a comfortable, sustainable posture. They may not need office furniture or equipment at home to achieve this. But you should check if their own equipment is suitable.
Managing the risks
Make sure that you can implement the findings of your assessments for your workers using DSE at home.
Reduce the risks identified by your assessment so far as reasonably practicable. This means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble.
Where your DSE workstation assessment indicates you need to take some action, for example providing a piece of DSE equipment, your workers cannot be charged for this.
Keep your DSE arrangements under review, particularly if there have been significant changes.
Check if your existing control measures are sufficient or whether additional steps are needed, for example where your workers report aches, pains or discomfort.
Additional DSE equipment needs
Use your assessment to decide if people need any additional equipment when working at home.
Alongside information provided by the worker, you may need to ask for competent advice. For example, from:
- a suitably trained DSE assessor
- suitable occupational health professional
You should meet additional individual needs so far as reasonably practicable.
DSE information and training
You must provide workers with training in the use of their workstation and DSE equipment. This should include advice on achieving good posture, and on good working practices.
Work routine and breaks
The law says employers must plan work so there are breaks or changes of activity for workers.
Good posture when using display screen equipment
The following video gives basic advice on how to maintain good posture.