COSHH and DSE Assessments

COSHH and DSE Assessments

The law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health is COSHH.  

You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by: 

  • finding out what the health hazards are; 
  • deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment); 
  • providing control measures to reduce harm to health; 
  • making sure they are used; 
  • keeping all control measures in good working order; 
  • providing information, instruction and training for employees and others; 
  • providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases; 
  • planning for emergencies. 

The Health and Safety, Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations 1992 (amended 2002) apply to all DSE computer screens.  

The main provision is that Employers must carry out a risk assessment of workstations used by employees to reduce any identified risks.