DSE Guidance for Using Standing Desks
Posted by Adam Clarke – Operations Manager
The Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations will apply to any employees who rely on the use of DSE as a substantial part of their work which can be either in the office, at home, or while they are interacting with customers. Part of the regulations states that it is the duty of employers to ensure that these employees are properly educated regarding any risks and trained on how to correctly use DSE and that their workstations are assessed.
Display Screen Equipment training also covers how a workstation should be set up and the ergonomics of work. As the use of standing desks and sit-stand desks are becoming increasingly popular, it is vital that organisations know that the guidance on how to use these is not the same as the DSE guidance for the use of traditional desks.
DSE equipment on a standing desk should be set up differently from a traditional sitting desk, in order to accommodate the different posture of the user.
To start with, the monitor should be set up so that it is directly facing the user, with their eyes falling on the top two-thirds of the screen. To accommodate a standing position, the monitor should be angled slightly upwards and be placed on the desktop so that is central to the users when they are stood in a neutral position. As with a traditional desk, the monitor should be placed so that there is no screen glare from other light sources and far enough away to be viewed comfortably.
When it comes to the keyboard, this should be positioned so that the arms and hands can rest on the desktop and a achieve a neutral posture – along with the mouse. Standing desk users should not work on a laptop for prolonged periods of time and use peripheral equipment to achieve an upright posture and safe keyboard and mouse use.
The final part of setting up a workstation is the mouse. As stated above, this should be on the same platform as the keyboard. The mouse itself should be of a shape and size that is easy to use and used so that they do not have to overstretch their hand and arm into awkward posture to make full use of it.
Another vital part of using a standing desk, which is covered by our DSE training course, is how to correctly stand while using one. Using a standing desk incorrectly can have a negative impact on the lower body and arms and hands, which is why it is vital that users are trained on how to use them correctly.
To begin with, users should ensure that they are standing central to their workstation, keeping their entire body in line with the DSE they will be using. Next, they should ensure that the desk adjusted to a height where they can place their forearms on it at a relaxed, 90-degree angle when using the mouse and keyboard. When using a standing desk, employees should also ensure that they are wearing the correct footwear, as certain styles will be uncomfortable to wear when standing up for extended periods.