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DSE Training

Here's some information on DSE from the HSE site:

In order to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 and explains what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from any risks associated with Display Screen Equipment (DSE) (ie computers and laptops). It will also be useful to employees and their representatives. These Regulations only apply to employers whose workers regularly use DSE as a significant part of their normal work (daily, for continuous periods of an hour or more). These workers are known as DSE users. These Regulations do not apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or for short periods of time. However, the controls described in ‘How to control the risk’ may still be useful for these workers. 

If you have DSE users, you must:

■ analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks;

■ make sure controls are in place;

■ provide information and training;

■ provide eye and eyesight tests on request, and special spectacles if needed;

■ review the assessment when the user or DSE changes.

For those who employ many users of DSE, this guidance also contains information that may help you manage your legal duties efficiently (see ‘Using DSE assessors’).

What is DSE?

DSE are devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and includes display screens, laptops, touch screens and other similar devices.

What are the health risks with DSE? Some workers may experience fatigue, eye strain, upper limb problems and backache from overuse or improper use of DSE. These problems can also be experienced from poorly designed workstations or work environments. The causes may not always be obvious and can be due to a combination of factors.