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 work station equipment.

Interactive self assessment


Alternatively, for a list of the DSE Assessors on campus, please contact the Quality, Safety, Health and Environment (QSHE) Team - contact the QSHE Team. 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 work station equipment.

Book a place on the next course


Further Information

In order to set up your workstation correctly and avoid any ill health effects, please see the information detailed below.

Display Screeen Equipment Policy

Display Screen Equipment Workstation Checklist

Eye Test Procedures

Prescription Safety Spectacles Procedures

Display Screen Equipment List

Advice for Laptop Users


External Links

Health and Safety Executive Working with VDU's Leaflet


Chair Operating Instructions

CT Operating Instructions

Embrace Operating Instructions

Relax Operating Instructions