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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Display Screen Equipment

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 Service webpage.

Additional guidance to support Home Working is also available via the Health & Safety Service webpage and the Wellbeing and Development for colleagues working remotely.  

Recommendations to reduce aches and pains, including Workstation Exercises are available via the Health & Safety Service webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Complete a self-assessment on the Health and Safety All Staff Training within DUO in the first instance.

  • 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

  • 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.

A Working from Home Guidance sheet is available which provides tips on how to improve computer-based posture at home, and reduce your risk of getting a muscle or joint related condition.