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

The University recognises that the majority of staff will use DSE whilst at work and is committed to minimising the risks arising from DSE use. The University will provide suitable equipment, workstations, free eyesight tests and if required corrective glasses for DSE users.

 Information on correct DSE use is provided at Staff Induction and at the General Safety Training Courses held throughout the year for Managers, Supervisors and Clerical Staff.

An on-line training course on correct DSE use is also provided through the link below.

Completing any of these courses will enable you to carry out your own DSE Self-Assessment to identify any problems. In addition your School/Department should also have its’ own DSE Assessor who will be able to help you.

The University Display Screen Equipment Policy sets the standard which all Schools / Departments and users of DSE are expected to follow. The following guidance notes provide information on how the requirements of the Policy can be met.

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On-line Tutorial for Display Screen Equipment

Policy on the Use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Definition of┬áDisplay Screen Equipment User 

Laptop/Notebook Selection and Use

Provision of Eyesight Testing

DSE Self-Assessment Check-List

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

Advice for computer users "Are you sitting comfortably" [word doc]

HSE Guidance on Display Screen Equipment Regulations [pdf file]

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

HSE Approved Code of Practice on Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations [pdf file]

Microsoft Work Keyboard Shortcuts http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290938

List of DSE Assessors

DSE 1 Form (Application for Eyesight Test)