Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Display Screen Equipment (DSE)


Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is a device or equipment that has an alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process involved; it includes both conventional display screens and those used in emerging technologies such as laptops, touch-screens and other similar devices.

Most people will use a computer either at work or at home. If your computer workstation is not set up correctly this could lead to health effects such as:

  • Back pain
  • Aching limbs
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue


Do you use this type of device/equipment

Computer workstations or equipment can be associated with neck, shoulder, back or arm pain, as well as with fatigue and eyestrain.

Surveys have found that a high proportion of DSE workers report aches, pains or eye discomfort. These aches and pains are sometimes called upper limb disorders (ULDs), which can include a range of medical conditions such as RSI. Most of these conditions do not indicate any serious ill health, but it makes sense to avoid them as far as possible.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with DSE. The Regulations were introduced because DSE has become one of the most common kinds of work equipment.

That doesn't mean that DSE work is risky – it isn't. ULDs can be avoided if users follow effective practice, set up their workstations properly and take breaks during prolonged use. By just taking a few simple precautions, work with DSE can be more comfortable and productive.


Display Screen Equipment Self Assessment

To be completed by all new staff, also for staff following an office move, or a change to their workstation equipment.

You can use the Health & Safety Executive's Self Assessment on this link, or access more general information from their website

The self-assessment can be completed here. 

If you have any queiries, please contact the Health & Safety Team at , or on ext 7116.


Display Screen Equipment Assessor Training

The University offers courses on Display Screen Equipment Assessor Training and also Display Screen Equipment Assessor Refresher courses.

The course trains school/unit designated assessors how to assess VDU workstations, why we assess, how to adjust workstation equipment.


Temporary workstation set up

People will find themselves working away from their own desk. Some individuals, paticularly if they have adapted desk set ups may need to put a few simple changes in place to ensure their new work station is set up safley. This guidance introduces the changes which can help set up a safe workstation in your new environment.

 If you are working from home, please complete the Self Assessment for Temporary or Occassional Home Working Station, and return to your line manager.