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Display Screen Equipment (DSE)


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Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, a "user" means an employee who habitually uses DSE for a significant part of their normal work.


For DSE users, the University will:


  • carry out an assessment of all user workstations
  • provide training and information on possible effects to health
  • pay for eyesight tests and certain spectacles under particular circumstances (please refer to page 7 of the DSE Guidance booklet for full details)
  • through line managers, plan work so there are breaks or changes in activity

Tips for improving your work environment


  • adjust your chair and DSE to find the most comfortable position for your work. As a broad guide, your arms should be approximately horizontal and your eyes at the same height as the top of the DSE casing.
  • make sure there is enough space underneath your desk to move your legs freely. Move any obstacles such as boxes or equipment.
  • avoid excess pressure on the backs of your legs and knees. A footrest, particularly for smaller users, may be helpful.
  • arrange your desk and screen so that bright lights are not reflected in the screen. You shouldn't be directly facing windows or bright lights. Adjust curtains and blinds to prevent unwanted light.

Computer based DSE package (Cardinus Workstation Safety Plus)

A training and DSE Assessment Package (Workstation Safety Plus) is available on most PCs within the University. The package contains animations, interactive sequences and quizzes.


The training modules are:


  • introduction
  • sitting comfortably
  • organising the basic area
  • the work environment
  • avoiding fatigue and discomfort
  • conclusion and checklist
  • multiple choice test and DSE risk assessment module


Office furniture within the work environment should be suitable to employees needs.  Employees are able to adjust their chair in-line with the outcomes or suggestions of the University's Workstation Safety Plus Cardinus Training Package. If however Cardinus identifies that the adjustments are insufficient, or if an employee has individual circumstances that require a more detailed investigation into the furniture at their workstation, this will be undertaken with input from both the University's Occupational Health Service Provider, Health Management, and the University's Ergonomic Furniture Provider, Posturite.

Occupational Health

Specialist ergonomic equipment - process


Other resources:

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations booklet

Cardinus - managing work-related upper limb disorders

Cardinus - New technology needs new rules

Cardinus - Connect magazine

Cardinus - Backcare Awareness resource pack

Cardinus - Ergonomics4kids

Cardinus - Healthy Working : MOVE  Learn the healthiest ways to use the different devices you come into contact with every day. Separate online packages for ages 7-11, 12-17 and 18+ .