Ensuring the health and safety of employees is paramount. With the increasing prevalence of desk-based work, the risks associated with prolonged computer use are becoming more apparent. This is where Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments play a crucial role.

Centric, a leading provider of workplace solutions, has taken a significant step forward by having not just one but three qualified assessors of DSE. Let us show you what DSE assessments entail, why they are essential for organisations, and why Centric stands out in delivering them.

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Understanding DSE Assessments

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments are designed to evaluate the ergonomic setup of computer workstations. They aim to identify potential risks and hazards associated with prolonged computer use, such as musculoskeletal disorders, eye strain, and fatigue. DSE assessments typically cover various aspects, including the layout of the workstation, chair and desk setup, monitor positioning, keyboard and mouse placement, lighting conditions, and environmental factors.

Importance of DSE Assessments

Organisations have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their employees, including those who regularly use display screen equipment. By conducting DSE assessments, employers can mitigate the risks associated with prolonged computer use and create a safer and more comfortable working environment for their staff. Moreover, investing in DSE assessments can lead to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism due to work-related injuries, and improved employee satisfaction and morale.


Centric’s Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment Process

The process of conducting a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment typically involves several steps to ensure a thorough evaluation of the ergonomic setup of computer workstations. While specific procedures may vary depending on the organisation and the complexity of the work environment, here is a general outline of the typical process:

  1. Initial Assessment Request: The process usually begins with an initial request for a DSE assessment. This request may come from individual employees who are experiencing discomfort or from the organisation’s health and safety team.
  2. Preparation and Planning: Once a request is received, the organisation will pass the request to the Centric DSE assessment team, who are qualified ergonomics assessors, and they will prepare for the assessment. This involves gathering relevant information, such as the number of workstations to be assessed, scheduling appointments with employees, and ensuring that necessary equipment and documentation are available.
  3. Employee Questionnaires: Before the assessment takes place, employees may be asked to complete questionnaires to gather information about their work habits, any existing discomfort or injuries, and their typical workstation setup. This information helps the assessor tailor the assessment to the specific needs of each individual.
  4. On-Site Assessment: The assessors conduct on-site visits to evaluate the ergonomic setup of individual workstations. During these ergonomic assessments, they examine various factors such as the layout of the workstation, the positioning of the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, the chair setup, lighting conditions, and any environmental factors that may affect comfort, posture and productivity.
  5. Interview and Observation: Assessors may also conduct interviews with employees to gather additional information about their work habits and any issues they may be experiencing. They may observe employees as they perform their tasks to identify any ergonomic risk factors in real time.
  6. Risk Identification and Evaluation: Based on the information gathered during the assessment, the assessors identify potential ergonomic risks and hazards associated with the workstation setups. They evaluate these risks in terms of their likelihood and severity and prioritise interventions accordingly.
  7. Recommendations and Solutions: Following the assessment, the assessors provide recommendations for addressing identified ergonomic risks and improving the overall workstation setup. This may include recommending ergonomic furniture and accessories, adjustments to workstation layout and equipment positioning, changes to lighting or environmental conditions, and providing training on correct posture and workstation ergonomics.
  8. Documentation and Reporting: The findings of the assessment, along with the recommendations provided, are documented in a report. This report may include detailed information about each workstation assessed, the identified ergonomic risks, recommended interventions, and any follow-up actions required.
  9. Implementation and Follow-Up: Organisations implement the recommended interventions to improve the ergonomic setup of workstations. Centric offers ongoing support and follow-up visits to ensure that the recommendations are effectively implemented and to address any additional concerns that may arise.
  10. Review and Continuous Improvement: Periodic reviews of workstation setups and ergonomic practices should be conducted to ensure ongoing compliance with health and safety regulations and to identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

By following these steps, organisations can effectively assess and address ergonomic risks associated with display screen equipment, promoting a safer and more comfortable working environment for their employees.

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Why Choose Centric for DSE Assessments

Centric distinguishes itself in the field of DSE assessments by having three qualified assessors, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and expertise in workplace health and safety. Here’s why organisations should consider Centric for their DSE assessment needs:

  1. Experience and Expertise: Centric’s assessors possess extensive experience and expertise in conducting DSE assessments across various industries. They understand the specific requirements and challenges associated with different work environments and can tailor their assessments accordingly.
  2. Comprehensive Approach: Centric takes a comprehensive approach to DSE assessments, considering not only the ergonomic setup of workstations but also factors such as employee habits, workflow patterns, and organisational culture. This holistic approach ensures that assessments are thorough and effective in addressing potential risks.
  3. Customised Solutions: Centric works closely with clients to develop customised solutions based on the findings of DSE assessments. Whether it’s recommending ergonomic furniture and accessories, providing training on correct posture and workstation setup, or implementing changes to the work environment, Centric helps organisations create ergonomic workspaces that promote employee health and well-being.
  4. Ongoing Support: Beyond conducting DSE assessments, Centric provides ongoing support and guidance to help organisations maintain a safe and ergonomic working environment. This includes regular reviews and updates to workstation setups, as well as access to resources and training materials on ergonomics and workplace health.


DSE assessments are essential for organisations looking to prioritise the health and safety of their employees in today’s digital age. Centric’s commitment to excellence and expertise in conducting DSE assessments make them the ideal partner for organisations seeking comprehensive and effective solutions to ergonomic challenges in the workplace. With three qualified assessors on board, Centric is poised to lead the way in promoting healthier and more productive work environments for businesses of all sizes.


Three DSE Assessors Ready to Help You

We’re proud to have delivered DSE assessments for numerous councils, including Leeds, Manchester, Cumbria, Carlise, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Furness. We have also provided DSE assessments for most blue-chip companies in the North of England. Contact us at 01229 821212 today to arrange an assessment for you and your staff.