VDU /DSE Assessments- Contribute to a healthier and more engaged workforce.


In today’s digital age, Display Screen Equipment (DSE) has become an integral part of our daily work routine. From desktop computers to laptops, tablets, and smartphones, we rely heavily on these devices to perform our tasks efficiently. However, prolonged, and incorrect use of DSE can lead to various health and safety risks. To address these concerns, the Irish government enacted the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, which outlines responsibilities for both employers and employees regarding the use of VDU (Visual Display Unit) equipment. O Dwyer Safety Services (OSS) offers comprehensive DSE assessments to ensure compliance and employee well-being.

The Employer’s Responsibility

Under the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work 2007 regulations, employers have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. This includes providing a safe working environment, conducting regular risk assessments, and implementing appropriate measures to mitigate potential hazards. When it comes to VDU equipment, employers must ensure that workstations are ergonomically designed to reduce strain on employees’ eyes, neck, back, and limbs. Adequate lighting, adjustable seating, and proper screen positioning are crucial factors in preventing discomfort and long-term health issues.

The Employee’s Role

While employers bear significant responsibility, employees also have a role to play in maintaining their health and safety. It is important for employees to use DSE equipment correctly and follow ergonomic guidelines. Regular breaks, proper posture, and adjustment of screen settings can contribute to a more comfortable and productive work environment. Employees should also report any discomfort or health-related concerns to their employers promptly.

Identifying Risks Associated with DSE Equipment 

 These risks encompass visual discomfort, musculoskeletal problems, and stress-related issues. Prolonged exposure to screens can cause eye strain, blurred vision, and headaches. Incorrect posture and poorly designed workstations can contribute to neck, back, and wrist pain. Moreover, extended periods of screen time can lead to stress and fatigue, affecting overall well-being and productivity.

Assessment Frequency

Regular DSE assessments are crucial to identify potential risks and ensure compliance with Irish legislation. Employers should conduct initial assessments when introducing new workstations and thereafter at appropriate intervals or when significant changes occur. Additionally, assessments should be performed for employees who report discomfort or health issues related to their work environment. A proactive approach to assessments helps mitigate risks before they escalate into more severe problems.

Ensuring Compliance and Employee Well-being

OSS, a trusted name in workplace safety and health, offers comprehensive DSE assessments to help employers adhere to Irish legislation and prioritize employee well-being. Our expert team conducts face-to-face and virtual assessments, catering to the diverse needs of modern workplaces. During the assessment process, OSS professionals evaluate workstations, seating, lighting, and screen settings. They also engage with employees to understand their concerns and experiences, creating a holistic picture of the workplace environment.

Following the assessment, OSS provides a detailed report with recommendations and improvements tailored to each workstation. These recommendations may include ergonomic adjustments, software modifications, and guidelines for healthy work habits. By implementing these suggestions, employers can enhance employee comfort, reduce health risks, and promote overall productivity.

OSS’s commitment to offering thorough DSE assessments, both face-to-face and virtually, highlights our dedication to workplace well-being. Guided by our recommendations and implementing ergonomic adjustments, employers can create a workspace that fosters productivity, comfort, and compliance with Irish legislation, contribute to a healthier and more engaged workforce.


Contact us today to schedule a suitable time, you can email consultancy@ossltd.ie or call on 061 422207.