Safe Use of Computers - Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
The hazards associated with DSE are often underestimated but bad posture, poor ergonomic design and insufficient breaks can lead to discomfort and sometimes chronic disorders which will affect your home and working life.
As most of us will use DSE whilst at work, the University has recognised this fact and has committed itself to try and minimise risks arising from DSE use. The University will provide suitable equipment, workstations, changes in activity, free eyesight tests and where necessary corrective glasses for its DSE users.
It has also been made compulsory for all display screen users to complete the training below, which includes information on correct DSE use. This will enable you to carry out your own DSE Self-Assessment to identify any problems. In addition, your College / Department should also have its own DSE Assessor who will be able to help you.
Online compulsory DSE Self Assessment – please complete the online training. The form will then automatically be sent to your local DSE Assessor for any actions to be completed.
The Safe Use of Computers (DSE) Policy Standard sets criterion which the University expects all individuals and each College / Department to follow. The associated Information Sheets provide guidance on how the requirements of the Policy Standard can be met and cover the following subject areas:
- Health Problems - Your Questions Answered
- Hints and Tips - Preventing Health Problems
- Hints and Tips - Making Adjustments to suit your Needs
- Take a Break Software - you might need to contact ITS to install the software
- Healthy Working - Move (learn the healthiest ways to use the different devices you come into contact with every day)
- Pathways to Health: DSE (Health information)
- Health and Safety Executive
- Video on how bad posture contributes to health problems including back pain