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Computer Workstations

The hazards associated with Computer (Display Screen Equipment) use are often underestimated.  Poor ergonomic design, poor posture and insufficient rest breaks from computer work can cause discomfort or on occasion lead to chronic disorders which can affect both work and home life.

The University recognises that the majority of staff will use computer equipment whilst at work and is committed to minimising the risks arising from its use.    It is therefore important to provide a working environment, equipment and information that enables computer based activities to be carried out with minimal risk to the health and safety of individuals.

A video training course showing you how to set-up your computer workstation correctly to minimise risks can be accessed from the mandatory training courses section in Queen's Online.

Completing the training video will also help you to carry out a risk assessment of your computer workstation using the self-assessment form provided below.

Your local computer Workstation Assessor will be able to provide help and advice.

The documents listed below provide further guidance.


Policy on the Use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Provision of Eyesight Testing

DSE Self-Assessment Check-List

Advice for computer users "Are you sitting comfortably" [pdf leaflet] 

HSE Leaflet "Working with VDUs" INDG36 [pdf file]

List of DSE Assessors

DSE Application Form  (Application for Eyesight Test)