The importance of DSE

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Managing Health Concerns Associated with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

This guide discusses common health issues experienced by DSE workers, including upper limb disorders, and provides strategies for mitigation and prevention.

Common Health Complaints Among DSE Users

Many DSE users report discomforts like aches, pains, and eye strain, often categorised as upper limb disorders (ULDs), including repetitive strain injury (RSI).


Causes and symptoms:

  • Pressure on the sciatic nerve, leading to leg pain.
  • Pain could originate from muscle tightness or spinal issues.

Neck Pain

Influences and prevention:

  • Can be caused by poor workstation setup and prolonged leaning forward.
  • Adjustment of the workstation setup is crucial.

Shoulder Pain

Understanding and addressing the issue:

  • Can occur from staying in a fixed position, affecting mobility and causing nerve path discomfort.

Hand and Arm Pain

Causes and symptoms:

  • Often linked to tension in the neck and shoulders, causing numbness and tingling.
  • Posture at the desk is a key factor.

Back Pain

Causes and prevention:

  • Commonly results from leaning forward to use desk equipment.
  • Can strain muscles and ligaments, especially in the lower back.

Eye Strain

Symptoms and alleviation:

  • Includes headaches, sore or tired eyes, and blurred vision.
  • Usually alleviated by resting the eyes.

DSE Use in the Digital Age

The expanding use of DSE, including smartphones and tablets, highlights the need for appropriate usage to avoid health issues.

Seeking Medical Advice and Workstation Assessments

If symptoms persist or worsen, professional medical advice and a workstation assessment are recommended.

Combining Personal Responsibility and Ergonomic Practice

With personal responsibility, ergonomic practices, and employer support, the impact of DSE on health can be significantly reduced.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Remote Working LO 1.2.1