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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Display Screen Equipment

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. We describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time. Further information related to the requirements of the regulations is available via the health and safety website.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Complete a DSE self-assessment form

https://www.dur.ac.uk/healthandsafety/local/office/guidance/d/dse/

  • Contact your local DSE Assessor if problems are identified

If you are unsure who your departments local DSE Assessor is please contact the Health and Safety team health.safety@durham.ac.uk

  • If further intervention is required and your issues are medically related then a referral to Occupational Health may be required via your Line Manager along with you completed DSE assessment form.
  • If non-medical please contact the Health and Safety team for further advice, alternatively contact your local Health and Safety representative.
  • Under the regulations DSE users are entitled to an eye test at regular intervalsand also the cost of a basic pair of frames and lenses if required specifically for DSE use.
  • You can arrange your own eye test at any Opticians.
  • Prior to your visit to the Opticians you will need to print off the eye test form and complete section 1.
  • The Optician will need to complete, stamp and sign section 2 of the form.
  • If the Optician has clarified that you require glasses for DSE use only you can claim up to the value of £75 towards your glasses.
  • You are able to claim up to value of £25 for a sight test regardless of the outcome indicated by the Optician.
  • The completed form and receipts are required to be sent to the University’s Occupational Health department who will then process and authorise a payment request for Finance to issue a cheque.
  • A claim can only be made every 2 years.