Display Screen Equipment Self Assessment


1. General


2. Layout

Consideration: The emergency routes should be clear of any obstruction

Consideration: Make any necessary adjustments

3. Lighting

Consideration: Can users should control light levels, for example by adjusting blinds or artificial lighting

4. Temperature

Consideration: Can heating be better controlled?

5. Air

Consideration: DSE and other equipment can dry the air – circulate fresh air if possible?

6. Noise

Consideration: Moving sources of noise, for example other equipment, away from workstation

7. Workstation

Consideration: Creating more room by moving reference materials, etc. elsewhere

Consideration: Using a desk blotter to reduce a reflective

Consideration: Space is needed for free movement. Move any obstructions from under the workstation. Consider moving equipment to provide space

Consideration: Rearrange equipment, documentation, etc. to ensure frequently used items are within reach

8. Chair

The chair may need replacing or repair if the user is uncomfortable, or cannot use the adjustment mechanisms


Does the chair have a working:


The user should have a straight back, supported by the chair with relaxed shoulders

DSE Chair

Consider a foot rest

Adjust your chair height to get your arms in the right (horizontal) position

DSE eyes approximately level with
Adjust the DSE height if necessary

DSE distance between the operator and the screen
The distance between the operator and the screen should be as indicated below. The arms of the chair may stop the user getting too close

9. Electrical Equipment

Consideration: Is there an ongoing programme for electrical appliance testing at the depot. Check the dates on any extension leads you are using to ensure compliance

10. Keyboard

Consideration: This is a requirement, unless the task makes it impractical, for instance where the user has a laptop)
Consideration: Tilt need not to be built in

DSE distance between the operator and the screen
Consideration: The upper arms should be at approximately 90 degrees with the lower arms. The keyboard should be pushed back so that the desk can provide support for your wrists during typing pauses. Users of “thick, raised” keyboard may require a wrist rest

Consideration: The following should be prevented: a) Hands bent up at the wrists, b) Hitting keys too hard, c) Over-stretching the fingers
Consideration: The following should be prevented: a) Hands bent up at the wrists, b) Hitting keys too hard, c) Over-stretching the fingers
Consideration: The following should be prevented: a) Hands bent up at the wrists, b) Hitting keys too hard, c) Over-stretching the fingers

11. Mouse

The mouse is best placed as close as possible, right beside the keyboard.· > Avoid overreaching your arm ·> Avoid leaving your hand on the mouse when it’s not in use > Try and relax your arm and keep a straight wrist
Support can be gained from the desk surface or arm of chair and wrist pad
See if cleaning is required. Check the work surface is suitable – a mouse mat may be needed
Seek guidance if you cannot adjust this

12. Screen / Monitor

Ensure the screen is clean. Check that text and background colours work well together. If problems such as “flickering” persist adjust your software settings or consult the IT department
Try changing resolution, which can make graphics larger or smaller, depending on the function you are using
Separate controls not essential, provided the user can read the screen easily at all times

DSE Monitor
You may need to move the screen to suit. Screens that use dark characters on a light background are less prone to glare

Check that blinds work. Blinds with vertical slats are more suitable than horizontal ones. If all else fails, consider an anti-glare filter as a last resort

13. Task Design and Software

Software should help you carry out the task, minimise stress and be user-friendly. Ensure that you have had appropriate capability in using the software. Software should respond quickly and clearly to your input, with adequate feedback, such as clear help messages
If no, list software training requirement

14. Work Planning

 

If no, then you must ensure that you take frequent, short breaks – around 10 minutes per hour)

15. Other


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