There is a severe lack of DSE compliance across the UK, according to a recent study by Specsavers. The study involved 500 senior professionals from a variety of UK firms. They identified around two-thirds of their employees as computer users. According to the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, employers must:
- Analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks.
- Make sure controls are in place.
- Provide information and training.
- Provide eye and eyesight tests on request, and special spectacles if needed.
- Review the assessment when the user or DSE changes.
According to Specsaver's research, only 10% of organisations are fully compliant with the law. They found that 30% of employers provide eye tests but not glasses. As few as 14% provide eye tests for some workers and 7% provide both eyecare and glasses for some screen users. Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “The good news is that there is an overall willingness to provide eyecare – but this is not to the extent as required by law. “We believe there are two vital elements in increasing the number of employers complying with the DSE regulations: the first is to ensure they are educated about the full requirements of the legislation; the second is to make DSE eyecare as simple and cost effective as possible to procure.” Our flagship DSE e-learning course AssessRite teaches users about the law, takes them through their own workstation set-up and automatically flags up issues to managers so that problems can be solved quickly. Prefer face-to-face training? Our DSE foundation and post-foundation courses run all year and they're led by experienced professionals. Otherwise, our experienced assessors can come to see you themselves. Book a DSE appointment ›